Friday, August 13, 2021

Hushpuppi to face possible 20yrs after pleading guilty to money laundering

Ramon Abbas, also known as "Hushpuppi," a Nigerian Instagram sensation, has admitted to his role in a scheme to defraud a Qatari businessman of more than $1 million, according to the US Justice Department. 

According to the statement released Wednesday, Abbas, 37, admitted to laundering money "via bank accounts around the world," as well as "many other cyber and corporate email compromise operations that collectively generated more than $24 million in losses." 

According to court documents unsealed Wednesday, he pled guilty to the allegations on April 20. 

In June of last year, Abbas was detained in the United Arab Emirates after local authorities raided his Dubai property. 

During the raid, Dubai Police discovered about $41 million in cash, 13 luxury cars worth around $6.8 million, and phone and computer evidence comprising more than 100,000 fraud files and the addresses of nearly two million potential victims. 

In a combined operation with US agents known as "Foxhunt 2," he was arrested alongside another Nigerian guy, Olalekan Jacob Ponle aka "Woodberry," according to Dubai police. 

Abbas was handed over to FBI officials and later relocated to Los Angeles, where he will stand prosecution for money laundering through cybercrime activities.

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