An American cybercrime expert, Gary Warner has faulted a report which claimed that Nigerian fraudster, Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi, was caught committing a fresh fraud and laundering over $400k while being imprisoned in the United States.
Hushpuppi’s Name Used to ‘Trick’ People
KanyiDaily recalls that a purported court document, which went viral on Thursday morning, showed that that Hushpuppi committed fraud and laundered $429,800 in U.S Federal correctional facility.
However, in a post shared on his Twitter page, Warner disclosed that the new version of the court document was an edited version of a June 2020 affidavit.
Warner, the Director of Research in Computer Forensics at the University of Alabama, described the new document as fake, noting it was intended to trick people into visiting a scammer EIP website.
He wrote, “People are asking me if it is true that #Hushpuppi laundered $400,000 in #Stimulus cards from in prison.
“The document they show is an edit of a June 2020 Affidavit. The new version is fake, intended to get people to visit a scammer EIP website.”
The document they show is an edit of a June 2020 Affidavit. The new version is fake, intended to get people to visit a scammer EIP website.https://t.co/4IyG0G3wm4 https://t.co/92cSWHiEpg pic.twitter.com/PrvpBddUhO
— GarWarner (@GarWarner) March 17, 2022
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KanyiDaily had reported how Hushpuppi was arrested in the United Arab Emirate, Dubai on June 10, 2020, alongside 11 of his associates over allegations bordering on hacking, impersonation, scamming, banking fraud, and identity theft.
The fraudster was subsequently extradited to the US after the UAE police detailed his arrest in a special operation dubbed ‘Fox Hunt 2’ where he was accused of defrauding over 1.9 million victims to the tune of $435.6 million (N168 billion).
Amongst other charges, Hushpuppi and his accomplices were also accused of conspiring to steal £100 million (approximately $124 million) from an English Premier League soccer club.
On July 4, 2020, Hushpuppi was charged with the conspiracy to commit money laundering before a US court, an offense that attracts a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment if convicted.
on July 28, 2021, Hushpuppi pleaded guilty to “Conspiracy to Engage in Money Laundering” amongst other charges brought against him by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California (USAO).