More facts are emerging about Hushpuppi, the recently arrested alleged cyber fraudster, was able to carry out his nefarious activities.
In the charge sheet seen by PrimeTV, Hushpuppi, real names Ramon Olorunwa Abass, had multiple international passports – Nigerian and St. Kitts and Nevis.
The foreign passport was issued in St. Kitts in February 2020 and also listed ABBAS’ birthday as October 11, 1982. 13 iv.” according to FBI charge sheet.
The photographs on the four identifications used in tracking him during the investigation were consistent with each other and were also consistent with his photographs on social media.
The Nigerian 37-year-old alleged fraudster was a UAE resident and loved to indulge in luxury goods and lifestyle, acts which caused many to question his source of wealth.
Huspuppi made his initial U.S. court appearance this morning in Chicago and will be transferred to Los Angeles in the coming weeks to face prosecution.
He was arrested earlier in June along with Olalekan Jacob Ponle, also known as Woodberry and 10 others.
The 12 suspects were arrested in six simultaneous raids carried out by the e-police unit of the Dubai Police.
he gang was responsible for Dh1.6 billion (about N169 billion) fraud involving over 1.9 million victims. Items worth N15.845 billion (Dh 150 million) were also seized.
13 luxury cars worth N2. 640 billion (Dh 25 million), 21 laptops, 47 smartphones, 15 memory storage devices, 5 external hard drives and 800, 000 emails of potential victims were also recovered from the gang.
The Dubai Police said the Hushpuppi and his gang specialized in hacking corporate emails and then send fictitious messages to the clients of the companies whose email accounts they have hacked to redirect financial transactions and bank details to their own accounts.
“This was a challenging case, one that spanned international boundaries, traditional financial systems and the digital sphere,” said Jesse Baker, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service, Los Angles Field Office.
If convicted of conspiracy to engage in money laundering, Abbas would face a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison.