All over the world, several Nigerians have been arrested and jailed over fraud related matters.
The US authorities accused Obinwanne Okeke of using “subterfuge and impersonation” to lure his victims before defrauding them.
Obinwanne Okeke, also known as Invictus Obi, used Nigerian-based companies, one of which is Invictus Group of companies to defraud people in the US.
His companies used phishing emails to steal funds from victims.
He was part of a group which engaged in conducting various computer-based frauds, including creating fake websites, the US Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Virginia said in a statement.
Okeke’s Invictus Group of companies were also accused of working with conspirators to create profiles of hundreds of victims including people in the US’s Eastern District of Virginia.
In one phishing attack in 2018 the fraudsters gain access to the email of a Manager at Unatrac Holding Limited, the export sales office for Caterpillar’s heavy industrial and farm equipment. They made wire transfers to the value of nearly $11m, and moved the funds overseas.
Okeke Obinwanne’s sentencing is a warning signal to other criminals planning to defraud people.