The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has reportedly arrested Obinwanne Okeke, Chairman of Invictus Group of Companies over alleged cybercrime to the tune of over $12million.
An affidavit of FBI special agent, Marshall Ward which emerged on social media charged Okeke with conspiracy to commit computer fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
In his filing, Marshall Ward detailed how investigation revealed that Okeke defrauded UNATRAC Holding Limited, the export sales office for Caterpillar heavy industrial and farm equipment in the UK, of $11million.
The FBI investigation followed a complaint by the Chief Financial Officer of UNATRAC that his email had been compromised via phishing and spoofing, and through the hijacked account, wire transfers running into millions of dollars were made by UNATRAC to fictitious accounts controlled by Okeke.
The FBI agent noted that further investigation found that Okeke similarly defrauded Red Wing Shoe Company based in Minnesota of $108,470 also last year with victims in Indiana, California, Alabama and Wisconsin.
Okeke has investments in real estate development, energy and construction. His company, Invictus Group, operates in three African countries, which include Nigeria, South Africa, and Zambia.
Before his alleged arrest, Okeke was celebrated by Forbes Africa in 2016 as one of Africa’s Under 30s Most Promising Entrepreneurs. He was also a guest speaker at TEDxYaba2018.