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New Citizen Who Defrauded Marin County Realtor® Pleads Out

A Marin County Realtor® and his girlfriend who were defrauded out of $1.6 million by a man claiming to be the son of the president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo are receiving a measure of justice.

Blessed Marvelous Herve, the ersatz royalty, was orginally supposed to appear before Judge Jon S. Tigar in San Francisco federal court last week on wire fraud charges. Instead, Ethan Balogh, Herve’s attorney, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Hallie Hoffman were able to inform the court that the prosecution had presented an agreement that is acceptable to Herve, according to court documents.

According to U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, Herve could have received up to 20 years in prison if he had been convicted. Thus far, the terms of the plea agreement have not been released.

Herve originally contacted the real estate agent, identified only by the initials “BE” in court documents, in response to an ad the agent had run for a property. The FBI alleged in court documents that Herve defrauded “BE” and his girlfriend out $1.6 million using a variation of the “Nigerian Prince scheme,” in which the criminal pretends he has a relationship to a wealthy foreigner in order to defraud the victim.

Herve only became a U.S. citizen in March 2013 but was arrested just one month later on the wire fraud charges, which date back to the origin of the scheme in 2005.

There is an earlier article about Blessed Marvelous Herve and his victims that you can be directed to by clicking on the link California Real Estate Fraud Report.

Read the original article in the Mill Valley Herald.

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