GLASTONBURY — A local woman looking for love on the online dating app Zoosk was scammed out of $18,750 by her would-be sweetheart in a romance fraud scheme that likely originated in Nigeria, police say.

The police investigation into the matter, which is continuing, recently led to the arrest of two people from Massachusetts — described as husband and wife in an arrest affidavit — Ricardo L. Escobar Viviescas, 36, of Revere and his wife, Carmen Viviana Perez-Uribe, 35, of Lowell.

Police say that the $18,750 the Glastonbury woman sent to her online love was deposited in a Massachusetts bank account Viviescas and his wife controlled.

Viviescas and Perez-Uribe, both wanted on warrants obtained by police in the case, turned themselves in at the Glastonbury Police Department on Saturday.

They each were charged with second-degree larceny, which carries a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Both were released on $20,000 bond and are due in Manchester Superior Court on Dec. 10.

According to the affidavit supporting Viviescas’ arrest, prepared by Detective Christopher Kopencey, events happened this way:

On Valentine’s Day, a 60-year-old local woman showed up at the Glastonbury Police Department to file a complaint, saying she had been the victim of a scam involving a man she met on Zoosk.

She said the man was…

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