Nigerian social media influencer Ramon Abbas, also known as Hushpuppi, admitted he was involved in a conspiracy to defraud a Qatari businessman over $ 1 million.
Abbas, 37, also confessed to laundering money “through bank accounts around the world” including “several other compromising cyber and commercial email systems which in total caused more of $ 24 million in losses, “according to a statement released by the the US Department of Justice said.
He pleaded guilty on April 20, while court documents were unsealed on July 28. Abbas was first arrested in June 2020 by UAE authorities in his luxury apartment in Dubai.
Dubai police revealed at the time that they had seized nearly $ 41 million in cash and 13 luxury cars, as well as more than 100,000 fraudulent files found on his phone and computer, and the addresses of nearly 2 million. possible victims.
Another Nigerian, Olalekan Jacob Ponle, was also apprehended in a joint operation with US agents known as Foxhunt 2. Abbas was handed over to FBI agents and then traveled to Los Angeles to be there. tried for money laundering.
Court documents have revealed that Abbas and other defendants allegedly pretended to be bank workers and created a fake website to convince a Qatari CEO to donate money to fund a school.
The Instagramer managed to defraud the $ 1.1 million businessman. Abbas then used the stolen money to “purchase a Richard Mille RM11-03 watch, which was hand-delivered to Abbas in Dubai and subsequently appeared in Hushpuppi’s social media posts,” court documents said. . The newspapers claimed that Abbas also used some of the money to allegedly acquire “St. Christopher and Nevis citizenship, as well as a passport for Abbas obtained by creating a forged marriage certificate and then bribing an official from the State. government in St. Kitts.
In February, Abbas got into even more trouble when he was accused of conspiring with North Korean hackers to steal more than $ 1.3 billion from businesses and banks in the United States and in d ‘other countries.
According to the Ministry of Justice“North Korea’s agents, using keyboards rather than guns, stealing digital cryptocurrency wallets instead of bags of cash, are the world’s leading bank robbers.”