Convicted Nigerian fraudster, Obinwanne Okeke to undergo treatment for ‘fraud mentality, drug abuse’

The young Nigerian entrepreneur, Obinwanne Okeke, who was on Tuesday sentenced by a U.S. court to 10 years in prison for multi-million-dollar wire fraud, has been ordered to undergo treatment for “fraud mentality” and drug abuse.

A judge of an Eastern District court of Virginia, Rebecca Smith, ordered Mr Okeke to be incarcerated in a medical facility where he would be subjected to ”full medical and mental health evaluation and treatment”.

The evaluation cum treatment is part of the rehabilitation process to reform his conduct before he completes his jail term and is reintegrated into the society, Premium Times learnt.

Premium Times, on Thursday, obtained the sentencing documents of the court where 33-year-old Mr Okeke, also known as Invictus Obi, had pleaded guilty to wire fraud before being sentenced on Tuesday.

Mr Okeke, the Chairman of his Abuja-based Invictus Group, was until his arrest by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) in the U.S. in August 2019, a globally renowned businessman, public speaker, and philanthropist.

U.S. authorities revealed after his arrest that he connived with some individuals, who remained at large, to defraud companies and individuals within and outside the U.S. over a period of at least four years.

He and the other conspirators defrauded the United Kingdom office of Unatrac Holding Limited, which has its headquarters in the United Arab Emirate (UAE), of nearly $11 million in 2018.

After sentencing him to 120 months (10 years) in jail on Tuesday, the judge in her recommendations to the Bureau of Prisons, recommended that “the defendant be incarcerated in the facility at the Federal Medical Centre at Butner, North Carolina or a similar medical facility.”

“The defendant shall undergo a full mental health evaluation and receive all appropriate mental health treatment and counselling, in particular for his fraud mentality,” the judge added.

She also said Mr Okeke “shall receive a full medical evaluation and shall receive all appropriate medical treatment for any conditions he may have.”

On drug abuse, she ordered that “the defendant shall undergo a substance abuse evaluation and receive all appropriate substance abuse treatment and counselling.”

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