Chairman of Invictus Group, Obiwanne Okeke is due for sentencing on Tuesday in his trial in the United States for wire fraud.
TheNewsGuru recalls that Okeke was detained in 2019. Last June, he pleaded guilty to the allegation of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and agreed to cooperate with American authorities.
His relatives and pastor among others have sent letters of attestation to character to Justice Rebecca Smith handling the case at a Virginia court.
Okeke’s lawyer John Iweanoge pleaded with the court to sentence him to a substantially lower jail term than required by the law.
In the court documents, describing the defendant’s position on the sentencing, which was obtained by Premium Times, Mr Iweanoge argued that the guideline range of imprisonment of 97 to 121 months or 151-188 months “will be too much for someone of his age and status”.
Okeke’s former pastor Ikechukwuka Nwanze at Kingsway International Christian Center South Africa (KICC SA), wrote the judge on February 9, pleading for mercy.
“I know Mr Okeke, as he was a member of my congregation at KICC SA for a period of 5 years and at the time he was a student at Monash University in South Africa,” he said.
The clergyman said “he was in complete shock when he found out the wrongdoings Okeke committed”, insisting that “it was not consistent with the character he witnessed during his tertiary education and the period he was in the church”.
In addition, the defendant’s brother and sister, Alexander Okeke and Florence Ozobugha respectively, in two separate letters, appealed to the judge to be considerate in her sentencing.
The sentence could see him spend 20 years behind bars with up to $250,000 in fines among other punishments.