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A Nigerian National known as Invictus whose real name is Obinwanne Okeke has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his involvement in a Computer-based fraud scheme. From the United States Department of Justice, they disclosed this information hereby sentencing Invictus to 10 years in prison for his computer-based fraud which caused losses to his victim.
From information from the court document, the 33-year-old Invictus in the past operated a group of companies known as the Invictus group based in Nigeria and some other places. Though, from 2015-2019, Invictus and others have engaged in a conspiracy to conduct various computer-based frauds.
Recall that Invictus pleaded Guilty to fraud charges back in June 2020, the Invictus team obtained and compiled the credentials of hundreds of victims including victims in the Eastern District of Virginia.
According to the United States Department of Justice, a statement from the Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Raj Parekh reads,
“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.
“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.”
The sentence of Obinwanne Okeke also known as Invictus was announced by Raj Parekh known as the Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and Brian Dugan is known as the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office where he was sentencing by the Chief U.S District, Judge Rebecca Beach Smith. The Assistant U.S Attorney, Brian Samuels prosecuted the case.
Okeke and his team 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, Invictus 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.
With that, a statement from the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office, Brian Dugan reads,
“The FBI will not allow cybercriminals free reign in the digital world to prey on U.S companies. This sentencing demonstrates the FBI’s commitment to working with our partners at the Department of Justice and foreign counterparts to locate cybercriminals across the globe and bring them to the United States to be held accountable.”
Nigerian national sentenced for $11 million global fraud scheme. Used phishing emails to capture login credentials, send fake invoices and wire transfer requests. https://t.co/A2QkDTBQc7
— U.S. Attorney EDVA (@EDVAnews) February 16, 2021
Finally, Obinwanne Okeke better known as Invictus has now been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his computer-based fraud that caused losses to some victims. Invictus was also accused of sending Phishing emails to capture login credentials from clients and many other offenses as seen above.
How do you see this whole situation of Invictus?