CRIME

Nigerian Pleads Guilty To $11m Fraud Charges In US

A Nigerian, Obinwanne Okeke, popularly known as Invictus Obi, has pleaded guilty to charges of fraud, when he appeared on Thursday before an Eastern District of Virginia court.

According to a statement from the United States Attorney’s Office, Okeke, 32, who is charged alongside his conspirators on counts bordering on fraud, forgery, appeared before Magistrate, Judge Robert Krask.

He was said to have between 2015 and 2019, operated a group of companies, with the name, Invictus.

Also, he was accused of fleecing unsuspecting victims of over $11 million.

“The conspirators obtained and compiled the credentials of hundreds of victims, including victims in the Eastern District of Virginia and elsewhere,” the statement reads.

“As part of the scheme, Okeke and others engaged in an email compromise scheme targeting Unatrac Holding Limited, the export sales office for Caterpillar heavy industrial and farm equipment.

“In April 2018, a Unatrac executive fell prey to a phishing email that allowed conspirators to capture login credentials. The conspirators sent fraudulent wire transfer requests and attached fake invoices.

“Okeke participated in the effort to victimize Unatrac through fraudulent wire transfers totaling nearly $11 million, funds which were transferred overseas.

“Okeke pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to commit wire fraud.”

Okeke,  the US Department of Justice, disclosed ,faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison when sentenced on October 22.

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