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United States v. Mark Arome Okuo

  • Case Summary: Mark Arome Okuo, a man from Canton, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and bank fraud conspiracy in a federal court in Boston. He was involved in romance scams targeting people in the United States. Okuo used fake passports and aliases to create fraudulent bank accounts and received approximately $1 million in fraud proceeds.

  • Charges: Wire Fraud (Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349) and Bank Fraud Conspiracy (Title 18, United States Code, Section 1344)

  • Pleaded guilty on Jan. 27, 2023

  • Judgment Result: Okuo faces a sentence of up to 30 years in prison, five years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $1 million or twice the gross gain or loss. Sentencing is scheduled for March 29, 2023.

  • Additional Information: Okuo was part of a six-individual group engaging in expansive online fraud schemes targeting individuals in the United States, including romance scams and pandemic unemployment assistance fraud.

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