Exclusive  reports obtained by PREMIUM TIMES, disclosed that the United States government asked the federal trial court in Virginia to impose a stiff sentence on Obiwanne Okeke, aka Invictus Obi, 33, to serve as a deterrent to other Individuals with criminal tendencies.

Newsmen gathered that the U.S. authorities opposed the defendant’s plea for a lenient sentence., saying, “the public must have confidence that the activities of the defendant and his co-conspirators are treated with the utmost seriousness.

“The public must look at the actions of the defendant, being a participant in the online fraud schemes that have become so very prevalent, and know that such conduct cannot be tolerated.

“Individuals inclined to consider committing crimes like those of the defendant must be made to pause in thinking about the consequences that follow,” Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Raj Parekh, said.

Mr Okeke, was sentenced on Tuesday, having pleaded guilty to a wire fraud charge in June 2019. Earlier, his pastor and family members had begged the US govt. for leniency.