Texas man facing federal charges for defrauding Spokane widower of over $345,000

SPOKANE, Wash.— An Arlington, Texas man is facing charges in Spokane court for his alleged role in defrauding an elderly Spokane widower, of over $345,000.

57-year-old David Joseph Osinski is accused of making a fake bank account in Dallas that got money from the victim. According to the indictment, Osinski and others tricked the elderly victim, who was identified as a recent widower, through a romance scheme.

Osinski and the other co-conspirators made the victim think that he was in love with a woman named “Kathleen,” an international art dealer looking to complete an art transaction in Dubai. The indictment claims that Osinski got the victim to wire $189,000 to an account in Dubai, along with an extra $156,640 to a Dallas account owned by Osinski.

The indictment alleges Osinski withdrew the money and transferred it to a second account to purchase cryptocurrency.

“Internet scams, often perpetrated outside of the state, are a recurring problem which cause significant harm and hardship to residents here in Eastern Washington,” said U.S. Attorney Vanessa R. Waldref. “Unfortunately, fraudsters and scammers frequently target elderly members of our community. This case is an important part of our efforts to seek elder justice and fight elder fraud in Eastern Washington. In order to make Eastern Washington communities safer and stronger, we will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to vigorously prosecute scammers and their conspirators.”

Osinski is charged with six counts of conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering. If convicted, he could face up to 30 years on conspiracy charges, 20 years on wire fraud charges and 10 years on money laundering charges.

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