United States Department of Justice has disclosed that Nigerian Instagram celebrity, Ramon Abbas a.k.a HUSHPUPPI will face 20 years imprisonment for alleged money laundering evolving his various cybercrime schemes amounting to $435m (N168billion).
According to a Statement by the US DOJ the 37 year old, Ramon Abbas aka HUSHPUPPI, arrived Chicago Thursday evening after being expelled from Dubai.
The statement also has it that the suspect was said to have made his initial US court appearance on Friday morning in Chicago and he was expected to be transferred to Los Angeles in the coming weeks.
Ramon Abbas a.k.a HUSHPUPPI Names Some Of His Accomplices
Ramon Abbas, alongside his accomplices, including Olalekan Ponle (aka Woodberry), were arrested by officials of the Dubai Police and Interpol on June 10 for a series of crimes including money laundering, fraud, hacking of websites and accounts, impersonation and banking fraud, among other cybercrimes.
The Police said the suspects scammed over 1.9 million people in a fraudulent scheme worth $435m (N168bn).
Thirteen luxury cars, estimated at N3.7bn; 21 laptops, 47 smartphones, 15 storage devices, and five hard disks containing data were recovered from the house where they were arrested.
Raymon Abbas a.k.a Hushpuppi was subsequently handed over to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation on Thursday and extradited to the US, where he faces criminal charges alleging he conspired to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from business email compromise frauds and other scams, including schemes targeting a US law firm, a foreign bank and an English Premier League soccer club.
The United States DOJ disclosed that a criminal complaint was filed on June 25 by federal prosecutors in Los Angeles after FBI’s investigation showed that Raymond Abbas a.k.a HUSHPUPPI financed this opulent lifestyle through crime.
The department further said he was one of the leaders of a transnational network that facilitated computer intrusions, fraudulent schemes and money laundering, targeting victims around the world in schemes designed to steal hundreds of millions of dollars.
In the DOJ statement, US Attorney Nick Hanna, said in 2019 alone, the FBI recorded $1.7bn in losses by companies and individuals victimised through BECs, “the type of scheme Mr. Abbas is charged with conducting from abroad.”
Also, recently, it could be recalled that Raymon Abbas a.k.a HUSHPUPPI during one of his trials sessions has indicted some Nigerian politicians and bloggers as his accomplice in his cybercrime schemes.
The arrest of Ramon Abbas a.k.a HUSHPUPPI has been wagging tongues of his Instagram fans over the flamboyant lifestyle he lived on social media with proceeds he accrued from illicit dealings.
Nigerians however wondered How Ramon Abbas a.k.a HUSHPUPPI Could Defraud Millions Of People Worldover
What baffled many is his high techniques in defrauding millions of people World over for these number of years before he met his Waterloo.
While some persons are of the opinion 20 years prison term is too minimal for a high level criminal engagement of such nature, others feel he should be made to repay all his victims all their loses before facing the full weight of the law.
Ramon Abbas a.k.a HUSHPUPPI has fast become the topic of discourse and reference point at homes, social gatherings and even in religious centres.
His recent arrest and subsequent trials and conviction is believed to serve as a deterrent to youths universally who may have had interest in defrauding unsuspected persons who may fall prey to their gimmicks.
The general public is agitating to know where he is likely to serve his prison terms and what becomes his millions of victims now that he has been brought to book.
However, irrespective of the current global shame, disgrace and humiliation faced by the one one time much celebrated Instagram celebrity, HUSHPUPPI other youths are still unrepentant on their attempts to defraud innocent people.