Jury Indicts Obinwanne Okeke, Kay Forfeit $11 Million, Diamond Ring
The decision affirmed the investigation of the U.S. Department of Justice, conducted by the F.B.I, and now set the stage for commencement of criminal trial.
Besides the indictment, the jury also recommended that Mr Okeke be made to forfeit at least $11 million in cash and asset or both if convicted.
An emerald cut engagement ring found on him when he was arrested should also be forfeited, the jury ruled.
Mr Okeke, 31, was arrested on August 6 in the U.S. and slammed with two counts of computer and wire fraud. He was subsequently taken before a court and remanded in prison following preliminary hearings.
While he remained in custody of the U.S. Marshals Service, a grand jury was set up to look into the allegations against him.
The jury returned on September 9 with an indictment of Mr Okeke for the $11 million fraud.
With the indictment, Mr Okeke’s trial will now commence on September 16, PREMIUM TIMES learnt. Douglas Miller, a U.S. magistrate at a federal courthouse in Newport News, Virginia, has been assigned as the presiding judge in the criminal matter.
Mr Okeke, who faces up to 30 years if convicted, has named John Iweanoge, a Washington D.C. attorney of Nigerian origin, as his lead counsel. He would be expected to enter a plea during his September 16 appearance.