A man from Irvine accused of cheating on former romantic partners and friends worth more than $ 1 million is being federally indicted.
Ze’Shawn Stanley Campbell, 33, has been charged with wire fraud, bank fraud, money laundering and aggravated identity theft on alleged “romance scams” on charges of running over six years after an unsealed indictment Wednesday.
According to the indictment, Campbell either made friends or had romantic relationships with at least 10 people whom he lied to trying to convince them that he was “rich, reliable and successful”.
Campbell would tell them he had millions of dollars in various bank accounts, prosecutors claim, and then show them false bank statements to support the lies.
Prosecutors claim Campbell also claimed to be a successful businessman. He lied about owning a lucrative chain of Texas gyms, several McDonald’s restaurants, a security business with military connections and a home renovation business.
Campbell also falsely claimed to be a Navy SEAL whose time was charged with serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, claiming to be a successful Bitcoin investor.
Once he won their trust, prosecutors said prosecutors would ask friends or romantic partners for money.
According to the indictment, in some cases Campbell asked for a loan to pay medical bills he claimed, invest in real estate or Bitcoin, or cover business expenses. Prosecutors allege that he persuaded the people he asked for the money to withdraw money from their retirement or bank accounts and signed fraudulent statements promising to repay them.
Instead, Campbell used the money to “buy luxury items for himself, make payments for cars leased and purchased on behalf of victims, pay personal debts, and other personal expenses,” the indictment stated.
If someone refused to give them money or to cut the money off, prosecutors claimed Campbell would apply for loans and credit cards on their behalf without their knowledge.
According to the indictment, at least 10 people in Orange and Los Angeles counties suffered losses of more than $ 1 million.
Campbell was arrested on March 6 at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, where he was returning from an international flight, according to the US Attorney’s Office. He first appeared in court in Texas and is expected to be brought to Los Angeles for a trial and hearing.