A Nigerian entrepreneur, Obinwanne Okeke, popularly known as Invictus Obi, has been
sentenced to 10 years in prison for computer and wire fraud by a US court.
Invictus Obi, Okeke was found guilty of causing approximately $11 million in known
losses to his victims between 2015 and 2019. He had earlier pleaded guilty to the crimes
in June. “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.”
Okeke, the founder of Invictus Group, has a degree in International Studies and Forensic
Criminology and Masters of International Relations and Counter-Terrorism Studies
from Monash University in Australia, according to his official profile.
Okeke was named on the Forbes Africa’s 30 Under 30 For 2016 and was featured on the
magazine’s June 2016 cover. A year later, CNBCA named Okeke as a finalist for Young
Business Leader of the Year (West Africa).
He was featured regularly in Nigerian and international media. Okeke also earned high
Nigerian politicians. His Invictus Group claims to have investments in oil and gas,
construction, energy solutions, technology, and agriculture.
As part of the scheme, 33-year old Okeke and other conspirators 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, which was transferred overseas.
Additionally, Okeke engaged in other forms of cyber fraud, including sending phishing
emails to capture email credentials, creating fraudulent web pages, and causing other
losses to numerous victims.
“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
cyber criminals across the globe and bring them to the United States to be held accountable.”
Raj Parekh, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Brian Dugan, Special Agent in Charge of
the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by Chief U.S. District Judge Rebecca