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From Forbes List To Prison: The Rise and Fall of Invictus Obi

Obinwanne Okeke (also known as Invictus Obi), head of Invictus Group of Companies was arrested in 2019 for running a business email and computer hacking scheme that resulted in the loss of $11 million for the U.S based Unatrac Holding Limited.

 

An executive of the company in 2018 fell for Okeke’s phishing email that allowed him and his conspirators to gain his login credentials.

From Forbes List To Prison: The Rise and Fall of Invictus Obi

They sent fraudulent wire transfer requests and attached fake invoices resulting in transfers totalling nearly $11 million which is about N4.1 billion.

Okeke also engaged in other forms of cyber fraud, including creating fraudulent web pages and causing other losses to numerous victims.

In 2016, he was on the cover of Forbes Africa and the coveted publication named him as one of 30 Africans who may be future billionaires.

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Fast forward to 2021, Chief U.S District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith sentenced the 33-year-old, Invictus Obi to 10 years in prison.

Nigerians took to Twitter to express their thoughts on Obi’s arrest.

One of the Twitter users advised people not to turn themselves under any pressure to amount to anything that is not legit.

Do you think the 10-year sentence is fair?

 

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