A Nigerian Instagram celebrity, Ramon Abbas, better known as “Hushpuppy”, has admitted to being involved in a conspiracy to defraud a Qatari businessman of more than $1 million, the US Department of Justice has said. The statement released on Wednesday said Abbas, 37, admitted to money laundering “through bank accounts around the world,” including “several other cyber and business email settlement schemes, which cumulatively amounted to more than $24 million”. More damage done.”
According to court documents, which were sealed only on Wednesday, he pleaded guilty to the charges on April 20. Abbas was arrested in the United Arab Emirates in June last year after local police raided his Dubai apartment. According to Dubai Police, about $41 million in cash, 13 luxury cars valued at about $6.8 million, and phone and computer evidence containing more than 100,000 fraud files and addresses of nearly two million potential victims were found during the raids, according to Dubai Police.
Dubai Police said he was arrested along with another Nigerian man, Olalaken Jacob Ponal alias “Woodberry”, in a joint operation with United States agents called “Foxhunt 2”. Abbas was handed over to FBI agents, and later transferred to Los Angeles to face trial on charges of money laundering through cybercrime schemes.