- He was arrested and awaiting court charge for committing crimes ranging from Identity theft, wire fraud and impersonating.
- The FBI has been tracking him for a long time and they have substantial evidence against him.
- Details surrounding Obinwanne Okeke Aka Invictusobi’s arrest.
In 2016. Forbes recognized Nigeria’s Obinwanne Okeke as a successful leader who runs a profitable company and under the age of 30. The FBI arrested him in 3 years later for fraud.
He told Forbes that he started his first company at age 14, but he did not provide direct steps on what he did to fund his company.
Forbes recognized him for running the Invictus group. Invictus group is focused on construction, agriculture, oil and gas, telecoms and real estate.
Shockingly the FBI picked him up in the United States of America and he is being charged for $ 11 million dollars wire fraud and other crimes between 2017 and 2019. The Nigerian businessman is based in Nigeria but he was in America with his partner for the birth of his daughter before his arrest.
According to the Affidavit in support of the criminal complaint and arrest warrant, Obinwanne Okeke was charged with committing conspiracy to commit computer fraud. The case was opened in June 2018, “ A representative of Unatrac Holding limited, the export sales office for Caterpillar heavy industrial and far equipment, headquartered in the United Kingdom, contacted the FBI. They reported that Unatrac had been victimized through an email compromise, which ultimately resulted in fraudulent wire transfer totalling $11 million”, the criminal complaint document revealed.
The FBI used a confident source to get information that led them to Invictus Obi (Obinwanne Okeke).
What was revealed in the charge documents?
- An FBI investigation in another field office found that between February 5, 2016 and June 21, 2018, a Nigerian subject sent two emails to [email protected], with the subject “Invoice payment confirmation.”
- Iconoclat1969 email was traced to Invictusobi, the owner of Invictus group.
Additional document on the charge report says it was a Nigerian that provided hosting account to the email and web addresses used to commit the fraud.
“The subject email Iconoclast 1960 defrauded Red Wing Shoe Company, Unatrac and many other people” Nigeriatunes read this in the criminal complaint document. The IP address was also traced to him.
See proof of the email exchange and other supporting documents that linked Invictus Obi to the crime.
Obinwanne Okeke’s email address “[email protected]’ was linked to the email address that initiated the fraud.
The agent in charge of the investigation did an email search and it brought up Obinwanne’s social media accounts and online profiles. The email also linked to his company Invictus Group.
Further searches show that Obinwanne personal email operates from the same IP address as [email protected] (the mail email that was used for the fraud).
The investigator sent a search warrant to Google and Google confirmed that the email belongs to the suspect, Obinwanne (Invictusobi).
List of victims
*Red Wing Shoes
*Merchant in Hampton Virginia
*Dozens of victims from the United States, including (Alabama, Massachusetts, California, and Wisconsin.
Records show that he also has multiple usernames, personal information, passport documents of many people in his possession.
He was arrested before he was scheduled to leave for Nigeria. His return date to Nigeria was scheduled for August 6, 2019.
We decided to dig up his Forbes profile and this is what we found.
“Okeke could not fail his mother. A promise meant hard work and dreaming big. He was raised in Ukpor village, 790 kilometers from Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, as the 17th child of a polygamous father. He went to boarding school aged 10, lost his father at 16 and moved from one relative to another. He named his company Invictus after one of Nelson Mandela’s favorite a poems, by William Ernest Henley, about the undefeated and unconquerable soul of a hard worker, from an impoverished background, who will not give up.