By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A man has been charged for his alleged involvement in a puppy scam, with multiple Pittsburgh-area residents as the victims.READ MORE: Black Bear Spotted Roaming Near Rt. 981 In New Alexandria
Twenty-seven-year-old Desmond Fodje Bobga was charged in federal court with wire fraud, forging a seal of the U.S. Supreme Court and aggravated identity theft.
A release says Bobga, a Cameroon resident, allegedly perpetrated a puppy scam with other people from around June 2018 to the present.READ MORE: Police Searching For Missing 82-Year-Old Merilyn Penn
Four of the six victims in court paperwork are Pittsburgh-are residents. According to the criminal complaint, a victim from New Brighton lost $9,100. She was allegedly lied to about the puppy being shipped, needing insurance and getting exposed to COVID-19.
“The dog adoption market can be a breeding ground for catfish schemes. Fodje Bogda and his co-conspirators exploited a national pandemic — and the social isolation it engendered — to exploit victims with photos of cute puppies and to bilk extra costs under the pretense of COVID,” said U.S. Attorney Scott Brady in a release.
“With the holiday season upon us, and the desire for companionship higher than ever, don’t fall prey to scammers selling pets online: do your research and verify.”MORE NEWS: South Hills Resident Rose Spencer Celebrates Her 100th Birthday
A release says the website used for the alleged puppy scam was the since-deleted lovelyhappypuppy.com.