Obinwanne Okeke aka Invictus Obi, a fraudster currently serving a 10-year prison sentence in the United States has said it’s insulting to compare him with arrested fraudster Ramon Abass popularly known as Hushpuppi.
Invictus who was convicted over $11m scam said he invested in business and created wealth for the poor in Nigeria but Hushpuppi was busy showing off on Instagram, Yahoo News reports.
Hushpuppi is currently facing criminal charges for money laundering, email scam, conspiracy to launder, including schemes that defrauded a US law firm of about $40m, illegally transferred $14.7m from a foreign financial institution and targeted to steal $124m from an English football club.
He was arrested by the Dubai Police in June 2020 and extradited to the US to face charges.
VANTAGE NEWS reports that Invictus was named on Forbes Africa 30 under 30 in 2016.
Invictus, who was responding to questions on his similarities with Hushpuppi said, “It’s insulting. Hushpuppi and I are not on the same level. Hushpuppi could never achieve what I achieved. He cannot run a business and we are not similar in any way. He was out to please the crowd, I was out to change lives, create jobs and conquer the business world. I have done so much for my community back home with my charity foundation, which lives has he helped? Nobody.”
“No I have never met him, but I just find the continued comparison very annoying. Our impact on the world is very different. I have made a much more positive contribution to society than he has,” Invictus responded when asked if he disliked Hushpuppi.
He further narrated how he went into fraud, saying “I was doing a little here and there but the level changed through this one particular friend I used to look up to. I visited him one day and he was living very comfortably with three new cars and a huge house at a young age. When at his house I noticed him on a website www.vionz.to that was selling crypto and bank logins.
“I asked him about the website and he showed me that he buys bank and crypto logins from there and easily withdraws above $20,000 at a time; that’s how he was funding his lifestyle. In 15 minutes he demonstrated it to me and from there I tried it myself when I got home.
“After successfully doing my first transfer so easily, it was hard to stop after that. From there I got introduced to other money making schemes that got me where I am today.”
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