Ramon OLORUNWA Abbas popularly known as Hushpuppi is a Nigerian national who lived in the United Arab Emirates (the “U.A.E.”), whose social media accounts frequently show him in designer clothes, wearing expensive watches, and posing in or with luxury cars and charter jets. The FBI’s investigation revealed that ABBAS finances this expensive lifestyle through crime, and that he is one of the leaders of a transnational network that facilitates computer intrusions, fraudulent schemes (including BEC schemes),1 and money laundering, targeting victims around the world in schemes designed to steal hundreds of millions of dollar ABBAS participated in these fraudulent schemes and money laundering in coordination with multiple coconspirators, including the persons referred to herein as Coconspirator 1 and Coconspirator.
Mr Abbas also known was arrested few months in Dubai for wire fraud and extradited to the United State.
Before his arrest, the 37-year-old was resident in Dubai and known for flaunting extravagant lifestyles on social media.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation alleged that Mr Abbas was part of a network that made “hundreds of millions of dollars” from business email compromise frauds and other scams.
He was formerly held in the Metropolitan Correction Centre in Chicago, United States but now, would be transported to Los Angeles by the U.S. Marshals Service, a court in the Northern District of Illinois ruled.
The suspects are accused of committing crimes outside the UAE, including money-laundering, hacking, criminal impersonation, cyber fraud, banking fraud and identity theft.
Hushpuppi and Woodberry were arrested along with ten other African suspects in the special operation “ Fox Hunt 2”.
So far so good, Hushpuppi, has been arraigned in a court in California, United States, ahead of his trial on October 13.
Hushpuppi pleaded not guilty to four counts of conspiracy to commit money laundering conspiracies, wire fraud, international money laundering, and engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activity, a report by Premium Times, said.
In June, the 37-year-old known for flaunting an extravagant lifestyle on social media was arrested in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, by special operatives of the Emerati police and American Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The FBI’s investigation, according to the affidavit, alleged that Abbas financed this extravagant lifestyle through crime.
He is alleged to be the leader of a group that facilitates computer intrusion, business email compromise fraud and money laundering.
His targeted victims, majorly in the United States, had been duped of hundreds of millions of dollars, the FBI says.