Desmond Bobga will be sentenced next year.

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A man originally from Cameroon accused of running a Romanian puppy scam has pleaded guilty.

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Desmond Bobga pleaded guilty Wednesday to defrauding online shoppers, including a woman from the Pittsburgh area.

He was extradited to the United States. He had been living in Romania.

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(U.S. Attorney for the Western District Of Pennsylvania)

Prosecutors say he and others created the since-deleted and accepted cash for dogs but never delivered the animals. Prosecutors say the scam used COVID-19 as an emotional weapon.

Prosecutors say a victim in New Brighton lost $9,100 after being told the puppy was to be shipped, needed insurance and was exposed to COVID-19. Three other victims were in Pittsburgh, Marion Center and Cheswick.

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Bobga will be sentenced next year.