One Charged in Puppy Scam

  • The United States Department of Justice has brought charges against the alleged operator of a dog fraud internet site that defrauded American people.

    A criminal complaint was unsealed on December 4 in federal court docket in Pittsburgh charging Desmond Fodje Bobga with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, forging a seal of the US Supreme Court docket, and aggravated identity theft.

    In accordance to the affidavit submitted with the complaint, 27-yr-previous Cameroon indigenous Bobga and his co-conspirators supplied puppies and other animals for sale on the web. Victims were being contacted by email and text information and conned into handing about funds for pets that never arrived.

    Bobga and his co-conspirators allegedly advised victims that their new animals would be delivered by a transportation business and provided them with fake tracking figures.

    The scammers then posed as the transportation enterprise, telling victims that their shipping and delivery had been delayed and that they would want to pay back extra funds to make certain the secure arrival of their pet.

    Some victims ended up instructed to hand more than additional funds for the reason that their pet had supposedly been exposed to the coronavirus.

    “The perpetrators utilised phony and fraudulent claims and paperwork relating to transport fees and coronavirus exposure to extract successive payments from victims,” stated the Department of Justice.

    Amongst the fake files were being a “refundable crate and vaccine guarantee doc” that purported to have been issued by the “Supreme Court of the United States of America” and bore the seal of the court docket, alongside with the signature of a Clerk of the Courtroom.

    Just one sufferer, who resides in Cheswick, Pennsylvania, compensated $1,500 for a Chihuahua named Bentley that under no circumstances arrived.

    A few from Dallas, Texas, seeking to order a pup named Snow White were conned out of $1,800 while a further victim in Fruitland, Iowa, was tricked into handing more than $1,840 for a miniature dachshund that was not shipped.

    Another victim, positioned in New Brighton, Pennsylvania, lost a complete of $9,100 while making an attempt to buy a mini-dachshund for her mother.

    Bobga was arrested in Cluj, Romania, on December 3. If found responsible of all costs, he faces a optimum prison expression of 27 decades.