A Nigerian billionaire, Obinwanne Okeke, who was arrested in America for alleged fraud, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of wire and computer fraud at his first hearing on Monday.
Okeke, who is also known as ‘Invictus Obi’, has been remanded in prison custody till February 2020.
Premium Times reports that, the presiding judge, Douglas Miller at the Newport News, Virginia, federal courthouse, declared the case as “complex,” but said Okeke should be remanded in prison until February 18, 2020 when the trial would continue.
Okeke appeared in court at 2:00 p.m. according to the court schedule of Judge Douglas Miller for Monday, 9th -Monday, 23rd September 2019 at the Newport News, Virginia federal courthouse on their website.
It was reported that Okeke had a week earlier appeared before a federal grand jury, who examined the evidence gathered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Department of Justice.
He was found guilty and recommended for trial.
The jury further said that should Okeke be convicted, he should 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 US on August 6.