Fraud: Obinwanne Okeke could face a 20-year jail term in the US
Alleged Nigerian fraudster, Obinwanne Okeke, could face a 20-year jail term if convicted of the allegations against him by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) after he was arrested on charges of cybercrime and widespread romance scam.
Okeke, the boss of Invictus Group and a 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 recipient, is facing fraud charges in the US for conspiracy to computer and wire fraud.
The criminal defence attorneys of the US said that a person convicted for wire fraud can get fines up to 20-years imprisonment.
The Legal Information Institute had noted that anyone who knowingly and with intent to defraud, accesses a protected computer without authorization, or exceeds authorized access and the value of such use is not more than $5,000 in any one-year period, is liable to a 20-year jail term.
LII also states that if the value exceeds $5,000, the convicted shall be subjected to a fine or imprisonment for not more than ten years or both.
Okeke was arrested at the Dulles International Airport while trying to flee the US on a scheduled trip to Nigeria. It was gathered that the Internet fraud suspect had decided to escape US authorities four days after a complaint was filed against him at the US federal court in Virginia.