Obinwanne Okeke, Nigerian entrepreneur has bagged a 10-year jail term for his involvement in an internet fraud worth $11 million.
Invictus Obi was sentenced to prison by Chief District Judge of the United State District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Rebecca Smith on Tuesday.
According to Judge Smith, the 33-year-old Nigerian national was jailed for involvement in a multi-year global business email and computer hacking scheme that caused a staggering $11 million in losses to his victims
“Through subterfuge and impersonation, Obinwanne Okeke engaged in a multi-year global business email and computer hacking scheme that caused a staggering $11 million in losses to his victims,” said Raj Parekh, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
“Today’s sentence further demonstrates EDVA’s and FBI’s worldwide reach in vigorously pursuing justice on behalf of American victims and others and holding international cybercriminals accountable, no matter where they commit their crimes.”
Invictus was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at Dulles International Airport for the same offense with over $11 million internet fraud in 2019.
In his statement, he stressed that the FBI will not allow cybercriminals to prey on U.S companies as they are ready to cut down their wings.
“The FBI will not allow cybercriminals free reign in the digital world to prey on U.S. companies,” said Brian Dugan, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office.
“This sentencing demonstrates the FBI’s commitment to working with our partners at the Department of Justice and our foreign counterparts to locate cybercriminals across the globe and bring them to the United States to be held accountable.”
Okeke, who was an inspiration to many youths in Nigeria, was listed on the Forbes 30 under 30 categories for his business exploits and wealth.