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California man sentenced in $1.6M scam

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Updated: 1/23 9:00 am

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco man convicted of defrauding a couple out of $1.6 million after convincing them he was the son of the president of the Republic of Congo has been sentenced to 40 months in federal prison.

The Marin Independent Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1eAUbA2) that Blessed Marvelous Herve apologized to victims Bruce Engel and Karen Wold before a federal judge sentenced him on Wednesday in San Francisco.

Herve said he had flaws and said he accepted responsibility. The 70-year-old Wold called him a narcissistic career criminal.

Authorities say Herve told the couple his father, the president, was looking to buy expensive homes in the Bay Area, but he, Herve, first needed money to overcome some legal and financial problems.

The scam lasted from 2006 to 2012 before the couple reported Herve to authorities.

Herve pleaded guilty to wire fraud in September.

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Information from: Marin Independent Journal, http://www.marinij.com

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