The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has reportedly apprehended the CEO of Invictus Group, Obinwanne Okeke who happens to be a Forbes-rated young Nigerian billionaire over a $12 billion (N4.3bn) fraud.
According to 36Naija reports, Mr Obinwaane Okeke was arrested last week by the FBI on the last day of his trip to the United States of America. The FBI arrested Obinwanne Okeke for allegedly defrauding top American companies of huge sums of money.
Obinwanne Okeke allegedly scammed a steel company of $12m (twelve million dollars) by hacking the account of an executive office and sending an email with a fake invoice to the purchasing department of the company.
“The charge sheet reads in part “In June 2018, Unatrac Holding Limited, the export sales office for Caterpillar heavy industrial and farm equipment, headquartered in the United Kingdom, contacted the FBI. They reported that Unatrac had been victimised through an email compromise, which ultimately resulted in fraudulent wire transfers totalling nearly 11million US Dollars. After reviewing the documentation provided by the representatives, the FBI opened an investigation in July 2018.
“The FBI discovered that after capturing the legitimate credentials of Unatrac’s Chief Financial Officer, the accused was able to log in and access the CFO’s entire Office365 account, which included all of his emails and various digital files, the logs indicated that between April 6 and April 20, 2018, the intruder accessed the CFO’s account 464 times, mostly from Internet Protocol (IP) addresses from Nigeria.
“With full access to the account, the intruder sent fraudulent wire transfer requests from the CFO’s email account to members of Unatrac’s internal financial team. The intruder also attached fake invoices to the emails to enhance the credibility of the requests,” the investigator stated. The investigation, painstaking and far-reaching, lasted more than a year during which Obinwanne emerged as the principal culprit and has since been arrested while on his regular visit to the United States.”