Published February 16, 2021
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja
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 .
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 $ 11 m 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 .
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 N 235 ,451 , 969 found in his bank account.