Flamboyant Hushpuppi Arrested by FBI
The boisterous and loud internet Fraudster and criminal, popularly known as Hushpuppi whose real names are Raymond Igbalode Abbas has been extradited from the United Arab Emirates(Dubai) where he was arrested to the United States of America USA.
Also extradited along with Hushpuppi is Olalekan Jacob Ponle known as ‘Woodberry’. According to a statement released by the Dubai Police in which the US Federal Bureau of Investigations extended its gratitude to the UAE crime unit for its role in apprehending and extraditing ‘Hushpuppi’.
It would be recalled that In June, the Dubai Police had arrested Hushpuppi, Olalekan Jacob Ponle, known as ‘Woodberry’, and 10 others in an operation tagged ‘Fox Hunt’.
“The suspects were accused of committing crimes outside the UAE, including money-laundering, cyber fraud, hacking, criminal impersonating, scamming individuals, banking fraud and identity theft,” the Dubai Police said.
Before his arrest, Hushpuppi had gained fame on social media for his outlandish display of wealth. His arrest and subsequent disgrace came as a big shock to many especially some Nigerian celebrities who have been pictured along with the infamous criminal.
The Dubai Police in the press release confirmed that 1.9 million people defrauded were defrauded by the fraud mastermind and his criminal organization.
Hushpuppi Flounting Illegal Wealth
Director of Dubai CID, Brigadier Jamal Salem Al Jallaf said the raid that led to his arrest resulted in the confiscation of incriminating documents of a planned fraud on a global scale worth AED 1.6 billion ($ 435 million).
“The team also seized more than AED 150 million ($40.9 million) in cash, 13 luxury cars with an estimated value of AED 25 million ($6.8 million) obtained from fraud crimes, and confiscated 21 computer devices, 47 smartphones, 15 memory sticks, five hard disks containing 119,580 fraud files as well as addresses of 1,926,400 victims,” he said.
After conducting further investigations and analysing confiscated electronic devices, Dubai Police investigators uncovered sensitive information mined by the suspects on individuals and companies overseas including bank accounts and fake credit cards as well as documents and files condemning the gangs’ illegal activities, the Dubai Police said.