Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, better known to the public (especially in his native Nigeria) by his Instagram handle of “Ray Hushpuppi”, has nearly 2.5 million followers on the social media platform, where he flaunts goods like several Rolls Royce cars and an opulent, globetrotting lifestyle. But authorities now say he is involved in a massive money laundering plot involving hundreds of millions of dollars, reports CNN.
Abbas faces hundreds of millions of dollars in money laundering conspiracy charges in alleged cybercrime scams, including a client of a New York lawyer who was left alone with nearly one million dollars. Last month, he was arrested by authorities in the United Arab Emirates and recently extradited to the United States by the FBI. According to the Department of Justice, Abbas is one of the leaders in a global cybercrime network that uses BEC (trade e-mail compromise) mechanisms and other tricks to steal and / or extort money. to victims, money that now totals hundreds of millions of dollars.
US prosecutor Nick Hanna continues in a press release:
“This case targets a key player in a large transnational conspiracy who led an opulent life in another country while providing safe havens for stolen money around the world. As this case shows, my office will continue to hold these responsible criminals, no matter where they live. “
An official Dubai police social media account says that Abbas was one of 12 people arrested in connection with the scheme, and that nearly $ 41 million in cash and some 13 luxury cars worth A total of $ 6.8 million was seized in addition to a myriad of computer files and other evidence as part of the investigation.
Another criminal complaint indicates that Abbas and an anonymous co-conspirator attempted to launder $ 14.7 million of funds stolen from a foreign bank in 2019, and that they were involved in an attempted theft of more than 120 million dollars from an English Premier League football team.
If convicted, Abbas could face up to 20 years in prison.