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Prosecutor Ruth Smith said small amounts spiralled into a fortune after he “brainwashed” women into believing they were in a real relationship.
Ms Smith said: “He conducted an online dating fraud exploiting lonely and vulnerable women by pretending he was an American soldier in Afghanistan to get money.” When police searched his computer in January 2015 they found “conversations with numerous women”.
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They also found several false Nigerian passports and driving licences.
In July last year Judge Eleri Rees QC told him he had created a “tissue of lies”.
A confiscation hearing at Cardiff Crown Court has now ruled he will serve a further two-and-a half years if he does not pay the money back.
In the UK on a student visa, he used a picture of a soldier wearing full military uniform as his profile picture.