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Finally, Obi ‘Invictus’ Okeke appoints Nigerian lawyer, John Iweanoje as legal representative
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Finally, Obi ‘Invictus’ Okeke appoints Nigerian lawyer, John Iweanoje as legal representative

Obinwanne 'Invictus' Okeke, the Nigerian charged by the FBI for various acts of cyber scam, has appointedJohn Iweanoje, as his lawyer.   Iweanoje takes over from Rahul Sharma, a public defender hired by a United States judge to stand as counsel to Okeke. The accused had failed to appear with a lawyer during his initial court appearance on August 9. Iweanoje indicated that he was stepping in to defend the Abuja-based businessman later the same day.   Okeke did not put in a plea when he made his first court entry. The accused, who would stand trial in Norfolk Virginia, is expected to remain in custody until a trial date is fixed. “Since he was arrested on a criminal complaint, it means he could be held in custody pending trial. The jury will decide whether to return in...
Nigerian Pleads Guilty In US To $12m Tax Refund Fraud, Voter Fraud, Illegal Reentry
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Nigerian Pleads Guilty In US To $12m Tax Refund Fraud, Voter Fraud, Illegal Reentry

United States’ acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Stuart M. Goldberg, and acting Attorney Carrie Costantin for the Eastern District of Missouri say a 56-year-old Nigerian on Friday pleaded guilty to mail fraud, aggravated identity theft, voter fraud and illegally re-entering the U.S after having been deported. Goldberg is of the Justice Department’s Tax Division. Documents filed at the court revealed that the Nigerian, Kevin Kunlay Williams, aka Kunlay Sodipo, and others, stole public school employees’ IDs from a payroll company and used same to electronically file more than 2,000 fraudulent federal income tax returns seeking over $12 million in refunds. He was also said to have stolen several return preparer’s Electronic Filing Identification Numbers, EFINs, and used same ...

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