When it comes to this $18 million pot intended to be given back to the victims, I am afraid that most of Romance Scam victims will fall in the last part of the priority list. As what the Police officer told me when I was in UK, I have no case to file against my scammer because there was no crime done. The situation was, I engaged myself to a relationship with a person. He asked me money and I gave it to him with my own will. Just like any other relationship, things can go wrong. My story can be different from the other victims so I'm not generalizing the outcome of recovering the money back. So, on my part I know that recovering a part of my money is microscopic. If there will be any, I will give all my share willingly to other victims who needed it more than I do. I am not a rich person but I know there are many who needed it more than I do.
Nothing wrong of being an Engr. as long as you are real. :-)