Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja
An international fraudster, Obinwanne Okeke, better known as Invictus, who was once on the Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 list, will be convicted by a Virginia court in the United States on Tuesday (today).
Okeke, who was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on August 6, 2019, later pleaded guilty to two charges of internet fraud in the United States, which caused his victims a loss of 11 million dollars. He risks a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
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The defendant, who had investments in oil and gas, agriculture, private capital, alternative energy, telecom and real estate, traded his property under the ‘Invictus Group’ and was present in three states, including Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia.
The businessman, who has been described as an inspiration to many Nigerian youths before he was exposed, is believed to have deceived American citizens with false bank transfer instructions in a massive, coordinated, business compromise scheme by email.
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Last December, the Federal High Court in Lagos ordered the permanent confiscation of N235,451,969 found in his bank account.
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