US court to sentence Igbo born international fraudster

An international fraudster , Obinwanne Okeke better known as Invictus , who was once listed on the Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 will on Tuesday (today ) be sentenced by a Virginia Court in the United States .

Obinwanne Okeke

Okeke, who was on August 6, 2019 arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation , later pleaded guilty to two charges of Internet fraud in the US that caused $11m losses to his victims. He risks a maximum sentence of 20 years in jail.

The defendant who had investments in oil and gas, agriculture , private equity, alternative energy , telecom and real estate had operated his holdings under the ‘ Invictus Group’ and had presence in three countries including Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia.

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The businessman , who was described as an inspiration to many Nigerian youths before he was exposed, is believed to have defrauded American citizens through fraudulent wire transfer instructions in a massive , coordinated , business e- mail compromise scheme.

Last December , a Federal High Court in Lagos ordered the permanent forfeiture of N235, 451, 969 found in his bank account.

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