A MAN who prosecutors claimed acted as a 'money mule' in an online dating scam has been convicted.

Paul Yeboa, of Barlow Road, Wednesbury, had denied two counts of converting criminal property.

Prosecutors at Oxford Crown Court said that the 34-year old laundered money, storing it temporarily in his bank account, after it had been fleeced from two victims by other offenders.

Outlining the case at the start of his trial on Monday prosecutor Louise McCullough said that two women had used online dating websites when they were befriended by their eventual scammers.

READ AGAIN: The original report of the opening of the case on Monday.

Jurors were told that both of the women sent the two men - whom they had never met in person - sums of money by electronic transfer.

The first victim sent a total of £50,000 and the second £40,000.

While Yeboa was not connected to either of the men who had scammed the women his bank account was where the victim's funds were ultimately transferred.

Prosecutor McCullough told jurors that Yeboa 'acted as a money mule' in the cyber-scam.

Yesterday, after two hours and 19 minutes of deliberations jurors found him unanimously guilty of both counts, as the two-day trial came to an end.

After the verdicts had been handed down presiding Judge Ian Pringle QC adjourned the case for sentencing so that the National Probation Service can prepare a pre-sentence report.

Yeboa was released on bail and will appear again at the same court for his sentencing on September 17.