PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced AZAG Special Agents are searching for six people indicted by a State Grand Jury for their alleged involvement in a Black Money Scam.
The Black Money Scam is a fraudulent scheme where the suspects claim to have a large amount of U.S. currency smuggled into the country and dyed black to avoid detection by authorities. The suspects attempt to defraud victims by convincing them to purchase a very expensive "special chemical" that can wash the currency and return it to a useable form. In exchange, the victim will receive a percentage of the smuggled currency. The scam often involves a demonstration with real currency. However, the "money" the victim receives is fake and is simply black construction paper made to look and feel like actual currency. The very expensive “special chemical” is nothing more than vitamin C and water. The suspects mostly target victims who will not report the scam to law enforcement.
The Arizona Attorney General’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating these six individuals:
- Diamond Prempeh
- Mousa Toure
- Angel Latrice Cowen
- Samuel S. Johnson
- Michael Gray (a/k/a Kennah Morris)
- Ali V. Konneh
The suspects are charged with Attempted Fraudulent Schemes & Artifices, Illegally Conducting an Enterprise, and Criminal Possession of a Forgery Device.
Warrants have been issued for their arrest, and anyone with information regarding their whereabouts should immediately contact police.
Black Money Scam artists are known to travel across the United States and internationally to conduct this scheme.
The Chandler Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Bureau investigated this case.
Assistant Attorney General Andy Kvesic is prosecuting this matter.
All defendants are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.