Her new boyfriend had a complicated backstory: He was an American soldier serving in Iraq, and he had a son living in Ghana.
But she had revealed to her new online beau how much she wanted children, and soon his 14-year-old son was emailing her.
The picture — outdoor photo, big smile — was real, and recent.
And her pitch was straightforward: Looking for a life partner …
Although she did not want to add up the piles of money orders because she "doesn't want to know" the documents show she made 20 payments ranging between $800 and almost $14,000 between August 2015 and February.