Man pretended to be a prince and scammed several people out of nearly $1 million; learns his fate after the judge’s verdict
Daryl Robert Harrison, the notorious conman who posed as a Ghanaian prince to swindle over a dozen victims of more than $800,000, has been sentenced to the maximum allowable jail time of 20 years by District Judge Michael.
Daryl, who went by the aliases of Prince Daryl R. Attipoe and Prophet Daryl R. Attipoe, was convicted of mail and wire fraud, conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, and witness tampering in September.
The Justice Department’s evidence showed that Daryl duped investors into believing that they were investing in African mining and trucking companies, leveraging his fake Ghanaian royalty status and his supposed connections to these businesses. Prosecutors revealed that several of Daryl’s victims were members of the Power House of Prayer Ministries, where Daryl and his stepfather claimed to be ministers.
Daryl’s crimes were carried out with a “cold, calculated and premeditated fashion,” according to prosecutors, who described him as an “extremely self-centered, self-possessed sociopath” who lacked empathy or sympathy for his victims. Daryl and his stepfather used the investment funds for personal expenses, including renting a house and purchasing luxury cars.
“Each of the Defendant’s fraud crimes were committed in a cold, calculated and premeditated fashion,” prosecutors wrote in court filings, describing Daryl as an “extremely selfcentered, self-possessed sociopath who has no respect for societal rules or norms, and further lacks any empathy or sympathy for his victims” that “intimidated and threatened his victims to establish and maintain control over them.”
In the face of a 14-year sentence recommendation by prosecutors, Judge Michael delivered the maximum sentence allowed by law, highlighting Daryl’s flagrant disregard for societal norms and his propensity to intimidate and threaten his victims.
Although Daryl had appealed for a reduced sentence based on letters from his supporters and the fact that his wife is battling stage IV cancer while raising their six children, Judge Michael ultimately chose to serve justice to the fullest extent of the law.
Daryl’s stepfather, Robert, pleaded guilty to one felony charge and will be sentenced later this month.