Tuesday, September 22, 2020

$11m fraud: Invictus Obi pleads guilty, ‘faces up to 20 years in prison’


Thirty-two years old Nigerian, Obinwanne Okeke (popularly known as Invictus Obi) has pleaded guilty to wire frauds that caused his victims $11 million. The United States (US) Department of Justice in a press statement on Thursday stated that Invictus Obi and other conspirators were engaged in a conspiracy from approximately 2015 to 2019 to conduct various computer based frauds. Forbes had in 2016 extolled Okeke, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Invictus Group as one of its 30 Under 30 Africa’s Most Promising Entrepreneurs. The Forbes article announcing Invictus Obi in 2016 reads in part; “Invictus is in construction, agriculture, oil and gas, telecoms and real estate. He has 28 permanent and 100 part-time employees across nine companies.” The US Department of Justice, however, described his operation along with his conspirators thus; “the conspirators obtained and compiled the credentials of hundreds of victims, including victims in the Eastern District of Virginia and elsewhere.
 



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