Court document shows how Hushpuppi was tracked through his emails, phone numbers, social media activities

Embattled internet celebrity, Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, a.k.a. Hushpuppi was on Friday charged with the conspiracy to commit money laundering before a United States court, one for which he could get a maximum jail term of 20 years if convicted.

The self-acclaimed influencer is facing criminal charges alleging he conspired to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from business email compromise (BEC) frauds and other scams.

Among these are schemes that allegedly saw him and his associates target a law firm in the US, a foreign financial institution, and an English Premier League soccer club.

Paul Delacourt, the assistant director of FBI’s Los Angeles field office, compared his case to one that cost US victims, including individuals and firms, a $1.7 billion loss back in 2017. 

Hushpuppi, who arrived in Chicago Thursday evening after being extradited from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), made his first court appearance on Friday in Chicago, and he is expected to be transferred to Los Angeles in the coming weeks.

 According to the court papers, Hushpuppi "maintains social media accounts that frequently showed him in designer clothes, wearing expensive watches, and posing in or with luxury cars and charter jets."

The self-acclaimed real estate developer and his alleged criminal gang were arrested last month by Dubai law enforcement officials in a midnight raid.

If convicted of conspiracy to engage in money laundering, Hushpuppi would face a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison.

Below are the court papers showing how Hushpuppi and his co-conspirators were tracked down with their emails, phone numbers and social media activities.

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