- Obinwanne Okeke has pleaded not guilty to fraud allegations against him in America
- The Nigerian was arrested over allegations that he was involved in wire and computer fraud
- Meanwhile, the judge has remanded Okeke in prison until February 18, 2020
Nigeria's Obinwanne Okeke, popularly known as Invictus Obi pleaded not guilty when he was arraigned on two counts of wire and computer fraud by the American authorities.
Obi who was arraigned before a judge at Virginia federal courthouse waived his right to a speedy trial.
Premium Times reports that the presiding judge declared the case as “complex,” but remanded Okeke in prison until February 18, 2020 when the trial would continue.
This came a week after the evidence gathered against him by the FBI was brought before a federal grand jury who recommended him for trial.
The grand jury had recommend that upon conviction, Okeke should be made to forfeit at least $11 million in asset and an emerald shaped diamond engagement ring found on him when he was first arrested by federal agents as he was about leaving the U.S. on August 6.
Report had it that Okeke was scheduled to return to Nigeria four days after a complaint was filed against him at the court, but he was arrested at the Dulles International Airport, while leaving the United States.
In his reaction to the arrest, the head of the Presidency Office of Digital Engagement, Tolu Ogunlesi, advised aspiring fraudsters to have a change of mind, saying if the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) does not arrest them, the FBI will.
Legit.ng had reported that barely a week after Okeke was apprehended, no fewer than 80 Nigerians were charged in the United States with being part of a massive fraud and money laundering case.
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