Hushpuppi’s US Trial Suspended Till 2021

Ramoni Igbalode aka Hushpuppi, was arrested by Dubai Police in June for fraud, among other crimes.
Ramoni Igbalode aka Hushpuppi, was arrested by Dubai Police in June for fraud, among other crimes.

 

The trial of Nigerian Internet celebrity Hushpuppi, earlier scheduled to commence this month, has been suspended as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The suspension is contained in the orders of a district judge in California, Otis Wright, released on September 23.

Hushpuppi, whose real name is Ramon Abass, is being tried on a four-count charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, money laundering conspiracies, international money laundering, and engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activity.

 

His case was originally fixed for October 13 after he earlier pleaded not guilty to the charges pressed against.

The trial will now continue on May 4, 2021.

Trial Of Hushpuppi Fixed For October 13

Ramoni Igbalode aka Hushpuppi, was arrested by Dubai Police in June for fraud, among other crimes.
Ramoni Igbalode aka Hushpuppi was arrested by Dubai Police in June for fraud, among other crimes.

 

A suspected international fraudster, Raymond Abbas, aka Ray Hushpuppi, has been arraigned in an American court in California and his trial is set to begin on October 13, 2020.

During his arraignment on Tuesday, he pleaded not guilty to the four-count of conspiracy to fraud, money laundering conspiracies, international money laundering, and engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activity.

In June, the 37-year-old who is known for displaying his opulent lifestyle on social media was arrested in Dubai by special operatives of the Emeriti Police and American Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

READ ALSO: Hushpuppi Denied Bail In US

‘Hushpuppi’ alongside Olalekan Ponle, popularly known as Woodberry, was extradited to Chicago in the United States where he was first arraigned in July.

The U.S. Court in Illinois did not have jurisdiction over the case, he was later transferred to Los Angeles, a city in California.

Hushpuppi Denied Bail

On July 14, Hushpuppi was denied bail by a court in the US Northern District of Illinois.

The court ruled that the self-acclaimed billionaire Gucci master, who has over 2.5m followers on Instagram, will remain in detention until his trial this year over money laundering allegations.

He will be transported to Los Angeles by the United States Marshall Service and will not be allowed to stay with his girlfriend’s uncle in Homewood, Illinois.

The trial is slated to be held in Los Angeles where the case was filed rather from Chicago where the investigation is being handled.

At the hearing, Hushpuppi’s lawyer denied that his client was a flight risk or a danger to the community as he repeatedly rejected the allegations made against him by the US’ Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).

He is accused of being part of a network that made hundreds of millions of dollars from business email-compromise fraud and other scams.

Hushpuppi Denied Bail In US

Ramoni Igbalode aka Hushpuppi, was arrested by Dubai Police in June for fraud, among other crimes.
Ramoni Igbalode aka Hushpuppi, was arrested by Dubai Police in June for fraud, among other crimes.

 

A suspected international fraudster, Raymond Abbas, aka Ray Hushpuppi, has been denied bail by a court in the US Northern District of Illinois.

The court ruled that the self-acclaimed billionaire Gucci master, who has over 2.5m followers on Instagram, will remain in detention until his trial this year over money laundering allegations.

Hushpuppi will be transported to Los Angeles by the United States Marshall Service and will not be allowed to stay with his girlfriend’s uncle in Homewood, Illinois.

The trial is slated to be held in Los Angeles where the case was filed rather from Chicago where the investigation is being handled.

At the hearing, Hushpuppi’s lawyer denied that his client was a flight risk or a danger to the community as he repeatedly rejected the allegations made against him by the US’ Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).

He is accused of being part of a network that made hundreds of millions of dollars from business email compromise fraud and other scams.

Hushpuppi: NIDCOM Cautions Against Stigmatising Nigerians In Diaspora

A file photo of NIDCOM Chairman, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, at a press briefing.

 

The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has warned against stigmatising Nigerians living abroad, especially those in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

In a statement on Wednesday, the commission said the recent arrest of some Nigerians over fraud allegations in Dubai, particularly Ramoni Igbalode who is also known as Hushpuppi, should not be a yardstick in any way to judge and stereotype other Nigerians excelling globally.

“Nigerians all over the world are known to be hardworking, diligent and determined and succeeding tremendously in their chosen careers wherever they are,” NIDCOM Chairman, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, was quoted as saying in the statement signed by Gabriel Odu of the commission’s Media, Public  Relations and Protocol Unit.

She noted that a Nigerian, Mr Ikenna Nweke, was recently appreciated and commended by the Japanese government and the police for returning a lost wallet with large sums of money and a credit card.

Dabiri-Erewa decried that despite the commendations received by the Nigerian, his actions did not make headlines but bad news travels fast.

She added that while the news of Hushpuppi’s arrest was trending, another Nigerian in Russia, Dr Chidubem Obi, graduated with a 5.0 GPA, cleaning all established records in the university.

 

According to the NIDCOM boss, Nigerians unarguably are the most educated immigrants in the United States and are hardworking, committed, determined, and very successful in their careers and professions.

While commending the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for tracking and tracing fraudsters, she stated that the law must be allowed to take its course.

“Let us focus more on the positive things Nigerians in the Diaspora are doing than the few negative narratives that purportedly give Nigeria a bad image,” Dabiri-Erewa pleaded.

She added, “Some Nigerians are working three to four jobs per day, yet acts such as those arrested for fraud are used to judge and stereotype them.”

The NIDCOM boss, however, urged the youths to channel their energies to the path of honesty, integrity, and uphold high moral values, insisting that one bad apple cannot spoil the whole bunch.

Suspected internet fraudster, Hushpuppi was arrested by the police in Dubai along with one Olalekan Ponle, known as ‘Woodberry’, and 10 others in an operation tagged ‘Fox Hunt’ carried out in June.

According to the police, the suspects were accused of committing crimes outside the UAE, such as money laundering, cyber fraud, hacking, criminal impersonating, scamming individuals, banking fraud, and identity theft.

APC Accuses PDP Of Links With ‘Hushpuppi’, Demands EFCC Investigation

 

The All Progressives Congress on Saturday said there were links between major opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party and the US indicted fraudster, Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, also known as ‘Hushpuppi’ and added that those links should be investigated.

In a statement signed by the APC’s Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, the APC alleged that there have been reports of “criminal conspiracy linking” top members of the PDP to the disgraced Instagram aficionado.

According to the APC statement, “the PDP leadership turned Dubai into their “Strategic” meeting place ahead of the 2019 general elections in Nigeria, and ‘Hushpuppi’s’ affinity with the PDP leadership is not mere coincidence.

“At different times, “Hushpuppi” was photographed in Dubai meeting with the PDP’s 2019 presidential candidate, Alh. Atiku Abubakar; former Senate President, Bukola Saraki; former Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; Senator Dino Melaye among other PDP stalwarts.”

The APC called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate the matter.

“We note that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has already declared the arraigned Instagram celebrity wanted over fraud allegations,” the APC said. “However, the EFCC, Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) and other sister agencies must investigate money laundering reports linking some PDP leaders and financiers to the Dubai-based international criminal ring.”

The APC also challenged the PDP to open up on the nature of their relationship with ‘Hushpuppi’.

“In the leadup to the Edo and Ondo governorship elections, we renew our call against monetised elections and vote buying schemes which the PDP has serially deployed in elections,” the statement said. “We call on relevant authorities to up their guard to prevent these practices that threaten the sanctity of our elections. The people’s will and votes should determine elections, not illicit money used to buy votes.”

Hushpuppi, a Dubai resident was arrested last month by UAE security agencies for allegedly conspiring to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from business email compromise (BEC) frauds and other scams, including schemes targeting a U.S. law firm, a foreign bank and an English Premier League club.

Hushpuppi was then extradited to the United States and taken into custody by FBI special agents earlier this week.

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

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Hushpuppi Makes First Appearance In Court After Arrest

Ramoni Igbalode aka Hushpuppi, was arrested by Dubai Police in June for fraud, among other crimes.
Ramoni Igbalode aka Hushpuppi, was arrested by Dubai Police in June for fraud, among other crimes.

 

The United States Department of Justice has confirmed that Nigerian cyber-crime suspect, Raymond Abass also known as Hushpuppi made his first appearance in court in Chicago on Friday.

The United State Department of Justice says the 37-year-old is expected to be transferred to Los Angeles in the coming weeks to face criminal charges.

Hushpuppi, a Dubai resident was arrested last month by UAE security agencies for allegedly conspiring to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from business email compromise (BEC) frauds and other scams, including schemes targeting a U.S. law firm, a foreign bank and an English Premier League club.

Hushpuppi was then extradited to the United States and taken into custody by FBI special agents earlier this week.

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

Read Also: Dubai Police Extradites ‘Hushpuppi’ To United States

While the arrest of Hushpuppi by Dubai Interpol may help to resolve some cybercrimes, it has, on the other hand, also created problems for some Nigerians living in that country.

Nigerian youths and business owners in the UAE say they are at risk of being blacklisted by financial institutions, a move which could make their legitimate transactions in the country problematic.

Dubai Police Extradites ‘Hushpuppi’ To United States

Ramoni Igbalode aka Hushpuppi, was arrested by Dubai Police in June for fraud, among other crimes.
Ramoni Igbalode aka Hushpuppi, was arrested by Dubai Police in June 2020 for fraud, among other crimes.

 

Alleged criminal mastermind Raymond Igbalode Abbas, known as ‘Hushpuppi’ has been extradited from the United Arab Emirates to the United States.

This was revealed in a statement by the Dubai Police on Thursday in which the US Federal Bureau of Investigations extended its gratitude to the UAE crime watchdog for its role in apprehending and extraditing ‘Hushpuppi’.

 

In June, the Dubai Police had arrested Hushpuppi, Olalekan Jacob Ponle, known as ‘Woodberry’, and ten 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.

The 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.

VIDEO: Dubai Police Reveal Details Of Hushpuppi’s Alleged Cybercrime

 

The Dubai Police Force, United Arab Emirates (UAE) has released details of the alleged fraud committed by Instagram celebrity, Raymond Igbalode better known as Hushpuppi. 

In a video published by the Dubai Police on Thursday, the security agency said they have been tracking Hushpuppi and his gang for about four months.

The Dubai Police said it dubbed the operation which nabbed the Instagram celebrity and his gang, “Fox Hunt 2.”

READ ALSO: Police Bust Female Arms Smuggling Syndicate

According to the Police, Hushpuppi and his men scammed about 1,926,400 persons from several parts of the world, and committed fraud amounting to 1.6 billion Dirham (N168 billion).

Also, they arrested Olalekan Jacob Ponle called Woodberry with ten other persons in the operation involving six police SWAT teams.

The video explained that 21 computers, 47 mobile phones/flash drives and five hard drives were recovered from them.

13 luxury cars worth 25 millon Dirhams were bought by Hushpuppi and his gang with money made from scams.

Hushpuppi who poses as a real estate investor and businessman on Instagram, was arrested in the UAE on Wednesday, June 10th 2020, over a $35 million ventilator scam.

He is accused of creating websites identical to those used by popular firms and banks.

Hushpuppi and his gang send emails and messages to make people log in/or make payments on the fake websites.

Posts on Hushpuppi’s social media account suggest a posh lifestyle with photos showing him going on trips via a private jet.

Some of the images also showed him putting on expensive clothes and jewelry, and visiting expensive hotels.

A Case To Answer 

On Thursday, June 18, 2020, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said Hushpuppi is being investigated by the agency over alleged cyber crimes.

Nigeria’s anti-crime body stated this in a tweet on its official handle where it explained that the agency has “grisly details of his money laundering transactions.”

“Nigerian most-wanted hacker, Ramoni Igbalode, alias Ray hushpuppy, recently arrested by the International Police(Interpol) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI), has considerable cases of cyber crimes being investigated by the EFCC,” the commission said.

“The Commission is familiar with grisly details of his money laundering transactions, involving many high-profile cyber criminals facing trial in Nigeria.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Alleged Cyber Crime: Hushpuppi Has A Case To Answer – EFCC

File: Ramoni Igbalode aka Hushpuppi
File: Raymond Igbalode aka Hushpuppi

 

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said Instagram celebrity, Raymond Igbalode better known as Hushpuppi is being investigated by the agency over alleged cyber crimes. 

Nigeria’s anti-crime body stated this in a tweet on its official handle on Thursday where it explained that the agency has “grisly details of his money laundering transactions.”

“Nigerian most-wanted hacker, Ramoni Igbalode, alias Ray hushpuppy, recently arrested by the International Police(Interpol) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI), has considerable cases of cyber crimes being investigated by the EFCC,” the commission said.

“The Commission is familiar with grisly details of his money laundering transactions, involving many high-profile cyber criminals facing trial in Nigeria.”

READ ALSO: EFCC Busts Famous Skit Maker, Four Others Over Internet Fraud

The EFCC said it is working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in tracing victims of Hushpuppi’s alleged fraudulent transactions.

“Local cyber criminals with money laundering networks with him, are also being investigated,” the agency explained.

 

 

Hushpuppi, 38, was arrested in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Wednesday, June 10th 2020, over a $35 million ventilator scam.

He was referred to the Dubai public prosecution and is being questioned by prosecutors at the Bur Dubai section for “obtaining money from others through fraudulent means.”

Security officials in the UAE arrested him and 12 others for cyber fraud targeting companies and individuals.

According to reports on UAE’s online platform, The National, Hushpuppi and his accomplice allegedly send out letters from email addresses almost similar to those used by registered companies to target customers of these firms.

EFCC Busts Famous Skit Maker, Four Others Over Internet Fraud

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Lagos Zonal Office, has arrested five persons for their alleged involvement in internet-related fraud, including a famous skit maker and self-acclaimed social media influencer, identified by the name Adedamola Adewale a.k.a @adeherself.

The five suspects were apprehended in different areas of Lagos during a raid by operatives.

According to the EFCC, the social media influencer who originally goes by the name Lamina Hamzat Ajibola, had been an accomplice to Adewale and both were arrested at the Agungi area of Lekki, Lagos State, while the trio of Israel Onyebuchi, Emmanuel Olayode and Valentine Nwokorie, were picked up at the Ibeju-Lekki area of the state.

“The arrest of Adewale and Ajibola was sequel to intelligence linking them to online fraudulent activities with two brothers, Lasisi Wasiu Adeleke and Lasisi Riliwan Adeniyi, who are at large. They were arrested at a four-bedroom duplex belonging to the two run-away fraudsters,” the EFCC said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Intelligence also linked them with alleged flamboyant lifestyles. During interrogation, Adewale, a self-acclaimed model, who goes by the username @adeherself on Instagram, confessed to being a picker” in cybercrimes.

“He usually poses as a lady to hoodwink her foreign preys,” the statement added.

Read Also: Instagram Celebrity, Huspuppi Allegedly Nabbed For Fraud

Items recovered from the suspects include two Toyota Camry 2009 model cars, and a sum of N9,000,000.00 (Nine Million Naira only), which was found in Adewale’s account.

According to the EFCC, the other suspects; Onyebuchi, Olayode and Nwokorie were arrested for their alleged involvement in a romance scam.
They were arrested during another raid, following a separate intelligence.

Investigation revealed that Nwokorie was posing as a female American citizen and sending photos as a porn star to defraud his victim while Onyebuchi was engaging in a love scam as well as forging foreign cheques.

Items recovered from the suspects include laptops and mobile phones and according to the anti-graft agency, all the suspects will soon be arraigned once investigations are concluded.