Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, 37, a.k.a. “Ray Hushpuppi” and “Hush,” a Nigerian national, arrived in Chicago Thursday evening after being expelled from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Abbas was arrested last month by UAE law enforcement officials. FBI special agents earlier this week obtained custody of Abbas and brought him to the United States to face a charge of conspiring to engage in money laundering that is alleged in a criminal complaint filed on June 25 by federal prosecutors in Los Angeles.
Here are four key allegations in the affidavit presented against him in the U.S court earlier today.
1. Defrauding a client of a New York-based law firm out of approximately $922,857 in October 2019.
2. Conspiracy to launder funds stolen in a $14.7 million cyber-heist from a foreign financial institution in February 2019.
3. Conspired to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from other fraudulent schemes and computer intrusions.
4. Conspired to steal £100 million (approximately $124 million) from an English Premier League soccer club.
The alleged fraudster made his initial U.S. court appearance this morning in Chicago, and he is expected to be transferred to Los Angeles in the coming weeks to face prosecution.
If convicted of conspiracy to engage in money laundering, Abbas would face a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison.
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