Ohio man convicted of falsely claiming to be a Ghanaian prince

Daryl Robert Harrison, Prince Daryl R. Attipoe and the late Prophet Daryl R. Attipoe were convicted of mail and wire fraud, conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and witness tampering. He received a 20-year prison sentence when he was sentenced.

Harrison and his stepfather, who are still awaiting trial, claimed to be ministers of Power House of Prayer Ministries, a group that funded “religious services at various church facilities and private residences” in Ohio and Colorado, the Justice Department said in a statement. .

Harrison falsely told investors — many of whom were church members — that he was a Ghanaian prince and had connections to African mining and trucking companies, the release said. According to the DOJ, investors were told they could expect to receive a return of up to 33% on their investments in these companies.

According to prosecutors, Harrison and his stepfather used the money for personal expenses, including renting a house in Colorado and buying luxury cars.

Federal prosecutors in the 2020 indictment alleged that Harrison and his stepfather sought to “unjustly enrich themselves and PHOP” by soliciting money from investors, using false and fraudulent pretenses, representations and promises, and converting that money to the personal benefit of the defendants and to the benefit of PHOP. without the investors’ knowledge or consent.’

After demanding the money, prosecutors wrote in the indictment, Harrison “failed to provide investors with interest payments, routinely terminated all communications with investors, ignored individual investor inquiries and ignored investor requests for their investment money back.”

CNN has reached out to Harrison’s attorney. On Monday, an attorney for Harrison’s stepfather declined to comment on the sentencing and denied his client was involved in the fraud.