Con-man who defrauded couple to be sentenced

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Updated: 1/20 1:26 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man convicted of defrauding a Northern California couple out of $1.6 million is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court.

The U.S. attorney's office tells The Marin Independent Journal that it is seeking a 37-month sentence and a restitution order for 42-year-old Blessed Marvelous Herve, who pretended to be the son of Congo's president.

Herve admitted to persuading the couple to forward him money with promises of repayment, lucrative commissions and false claims that the federal government had seized his money and imprisoned him.

The two victims, ages 69 and 70, lost their retirement savings and ended up $200,000 in debt.

Herve's lawyers say his father was a "high-level government official" in the Republic of Congo who was assassinated during political unrest.

Herve is due in court Wednesday.

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