Nigerian businessman, 32 years old Mr. Obinwanne Okeke, also known as Invictus Obi, who was been charged for 11 million US dollars internet fraud in the United States of America, pleaded guilty to the charges.
The chief executive officer of Invictus Group – who made the list of Forbes Africa’s under 30 for 2016, was accused by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of using a computer –based intrusion fraud scheme, to steal the sum of 11 million US dollars from his victims. This was disclosed by the US attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Mr Okeke is due to be sentenced in October 2020 and he might be facing a minimum of 20 years in prison. According to the court documents, the Invictus Group boss and his team of internet fraudsters collected the credentials of hundreds of victims between 2015 and 2019.
In April 2018, one Untrac Holding Limited executive became a victim of one phishing email, which granted internet fraudsters access to capture login credentials. According to the record, the schemers sent fake money transfer and attached fake transaction invoice. They later transferred the money abroad.
Earlier in the week, the United State Department of State placed a sanction on six Nigerians for crimes related to internet frauds of over 6million US dollars. One of those sanctioned is a popular Nigerian socialite, Mr Ramoni Igbalode also known as Hushpuppi.
Recall that Mr Igbalode (Hushpuppi), was arrested on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 in the United Arab Emirates by the International Police (Interpol) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in connection to a ventilator scam estimated to the total sum of 35 million US dollars. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nigeria’s corruption police, said they have launched investigations on the crime that led to his arrest by the FBI. They went further to state that the commission has full details of all his fraudulent transactions, which involves many high profile cyber criminals, who are currently facing trials in the country.
The EFCC also stated that they are partnering with the FBI to trace victims who were duped and his partners in crime.
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