Ramon Abass, popularly known as Hushpuppi – Detained in the US for Fraud – has been filed with new charges. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) claimed that he committed another $400,000+ internet scam from January to March 2022 while using internet inside a prison facility in the US.
Naija News 247 reports that on July 3, 2020, following his arrest in Dubai where he currently lives, he was accused of conspiring to launder millions of dollars.
New evidence was submitted to the United States District Court of California on March 16th, 2022, in a document stating that Hushpuppi allegedly engaged in the acquisition and washing of Economic Impact Payment debit cards obtained unlawfully from stolen data of US individuals and residents.
“RAMON OLORUNWA ABBAS is a Nigerian national previously living in the United Arab Emirates (the “U.A.E.”) but currently incarcerated in the US Federal correctional facility, Central District of California, on charges of money laundering. The FBI’s investigation has revealed that ABBAS, while in a US Federal correctional facility, participated in the purchase of Economic Impact Payment debit cards fraudulently obtained from compromised data of US citizens.”section in the document
“Recorded internet activities (reviewed pursuant to a federal search warrant issued in this District) of ABBAS in the US Federal correctional facility, Central District of California, reflect that ABBAS purchased Economic Impact Payments debit cards and laundered the proceeds totaling over $400,000.”
“Payments debit cards daily for the period we recorded him. He purchased a total of 58 Economic Impact Payments debit cards in this period, with a total value of $429,800.”
“19 Of the 58 Economic Impact Payments debit cards, ABBAS chose the virtual card option for 36 EIP cards and he selected the plastic physical card option for 22 EIP cards.”
“Abbas is also accused of committing fraud in Nigeria as he is also wanted by Nigeria’s financial crime police, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.”
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Abba Kyari, was exposed as an accomplice in Hushpuppi’s $1.1 million scam deal on 28 July 2021.
Born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1982, Hushpuppi was known as a ‘Yahoo boy’, a local name for cybercriminals.