Invictus Obi barred from jobs that give access to bank accounts, money

Invictus Obi

Obinwanne Okeke, also known as Invictus Obi, recently jailed in the United States for multi-million dollars fraud, has been barred from taking up jobs that can grant him access to money or bank accounts.

Mr Okeke, formerly renowned internationally as a successful young Nigerian entrepreneur, has also been barred from holding posts involving investments, upon completing his 10 years jail term in the US, Premium Times reports.

The restrictions were imposed on him by a US court in the Eastern District of Virginia, in addition to the prison term, restitution and forfeitures ordered by the court during his sentencing on February 16.

The judge, Rebecca Smith, ordered Mr Okeke, who had pleaded guilty to the fraud charge in June 2020, to restitute the $10.7 million proceeds of the crime.

The judge also ordered the forfeiture of his already identified assets in the US and Nigeria.

The 33-year-old was also ordered to undergo three years of supervised release after completing his 10 years jail term.

The judge ordered that upon his transition into the supervised release phase, the convict should be presented before a duly-authorised immigration official of the Department of Homeland Security Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement “for deportation review”.

The official, according to Ms Smith, will determine whether to immediately deport him or make him to under undergo the three years “supervised release” in the US.

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“If not deported, the defendant is prohibited from engaging in any employment where he has access to money or bank accounts and shall not be employed in any capacity involving investment,” the judge ordered, as part of the “special conditions” for his supervised release.

Mr Okeke will also lose the right to privacy concerning his financial life under the “special conditions” for supervised release set by the court, as the judge ordered that if he is not deported, he “shall provide the probation officer access to any requested financial information.”

“If not deported, the defendant shall participate in the Treasury Offset Programme (TOP) as directed by the probation officer,” the judge added.

The judge also ordered that if he remains in the US after his jail term, he must “not incur new credit charges or open additional lines of credit without the approval of the probation officer.”

To enforce compliance with the restitution order, the court also ordered that if not deported, Mr Okeke “shall apply monies received from income tax refunds, lottery winnings, inheritances, judgment, and any anticipated or unexpected financial gains to the outstanding court-ordered financial obligation, or in a lesser amount to be determined by the court upon the recommendation of the probation officer.”