women, by using a photo of an actual Royal
Marine Commando called Joshua McGowan, as
his display picture.
Sources say he told the women he had been
robbed at his “orphanage,” and so they sent him
money and paid his bills.
Unknown to them,
Adewole was diverting the money into his wife’s
bank account. He also spent the money on
expensive designer clothes, iPads, and TVs.
Investigations revealed that whenever he set up
dates with the women, he would never show up.
Prosecutor, Charlotte Brandon told the court.
The married father of two allegedly scammed the
women out of almost £100,000 after pretending to
be a Royal Marine on Match.com, named Timmy
Francis, who owned an orphanage in Africa. On
one of his profiles, he had the nickname
‘Charismatic Brit,’ and on the other, ‘To live and
love.’ He claimed he was looking for love.
“‘Adewale told the women that on a trip to Africa,
he was the victim of a crime and needed money.
The crime meant he could not access his own
He said they would get their money back and
would be sent letters from the World Health
Organisation to show that he would be able to pay
These letters were sent, but from an M30
Manchester postmark. He also sent them links to
websites which, when logging in with details he
gave them, appeared to show that he had a huge
bank balance and would eventually be able to pay
One woman was asked to pay for a hotel for him.
When she rang the number he gave her for the
hotel, they also confirmed the information and she
agreed to pay it.
She later received a cheque addressed to him for
£35,000 to prove he had money, but this was later
discovered to be a stolen cheque forged in his own
Over a number of months, each woman
transferred significant sums of money via bank
accounts and Western Union moneygrams and
sent items to the defendant’s home address.
They bought electronic items, took out credit cards
and loans and bought clothes from Next.
When police searched his house in 2012, they
found a digital camera, which had been purchased
by one of his victims. It contained pictures of the
accused, along with his wife and children. They
also found several SIM cards in his wallet, which
contained the women’s contact information.
He was also in possession of two Blackberry
phones which had three different email accounts
linked to the two Match.com accounts. In addition,
£4,500 was found under his bed. He was
However, Adewale has denied the allegations, and
has blamed the fraud on his flatmate Samson
Ajayi. He told police that Ajayi had told him to help
him transfer money to his relatives. He also claims
that he vaguely remembers using match.com.
“The fraud was Samson’s idea. I got involved
because I had a few financial difficulties at the
“I did not speak with the complainants. I did not
know money was being sent to Nigeria but I knew
it was being sent to my bank account and my
wife’s bank account.
“I do not know where Samson is at the moment.
He travels a lot. I have no idea about the details of
this fraud. I didn’t even know how many victims
“But I pleaded guilty because if I had not let my
bank account or flat be used, these women would
not have suffered in the way that they did.
“Samson said he was expecting some money. He
said he had no bank accounts to receive the
money so I wanted to help him. He was owing me
rent at the time and this was the only way he could
pay me”, he said.
The court hearings are still ongoing.