A United States (US) District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia has sentenced Obinwanne Okeke, better known as Invictus Obi, to 10 year in prison for fraud.
Okeke was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at Dulles International Airport while leaving the US over $11 million internet fraud in 2019.
He pleaded guilty to have been involved in computer-based fraud between 2015 and 2019.
In a ruling on Monday, Judge Rebecca Smith jailed the 33-year-old for his involvement in a computer-based intrusion fraud scheme that resulted in known losses of $11 million 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,” Raj Parekh, acting US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, said.
“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.”
Court documents say Okeke operated a group of companies known as the Invictus Group based in Nigeria and elsewhere.
Okeke and his accomplices were said to have engaged in an email compromise scheme targeting Unatrac Holding Limited, the export sales office for Caterpillar heavy industrial and farm equipment.
Okeke participated in the effort to victimise Unatrac through fraudulent wire transfers totaling nearly $11 million, funds which were transferred overseas.
Forbes onced listed the Nigerian as one of the 100 Most Influential Young Africans.