Taking Advantage

TORONTO – In the end, Lt. Gen. “William R. Douglas” was no officer.

And he was no gentleman.

A devastated Toronto widow discovered her online sweetheart — Lt. Gen. Douglas — was actually a fictitious character, but her financial losses were painfully real.

Romance scam artist Akohomen Ighedoise broke her heart and plundered her bank account for $609,000.

Police said she was so broke she scrambled to pay her heating bills in the winter of 2014. She never met him.

Ighedoise admitted Tuesday that he defrauded the Toronto widow by posing as Gen. Douglas, the American soldier stranded in the Middle East.

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