The United States authorities on Friday, July 3, charged the Nigerian fraudster Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi, in a Chicago court.
The US justice Department said that Hushpuppi will face criminal charges, which included his alleged collusion with his associates to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from business email compromise (BEC) and other fraudulent schemes, including schemes targeting an American law firm, a foreign Bank and an unnamed English Premier League soccer club.
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Hushpuppi was extradited to Chicago, USA, on the evening of Thursday, July 2, from Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). He appeared for the first time in an American court on the morning of Friday, July 3, in Chicago. He is expected to be transferred to Los Angeles in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, It was reported that an investigation was launched into the alleged fraudulent activities of Hushpuppi in the United States.
The investigation led to an Internet fraudster and his gang attempting to defraud a Premier League club of 100 million pounds (N48 billion dollars).
The new charge is contained in an affidavit from special agent Andre Innocenti,who heads the organized crime division in Los Angeles.
Hushpuppi, according to the document, is accused, in particular, conspiracy to commit money laundering. More than 10 days after the alleged fraudster was arrested, Dubai police released footage of an operation called “Fox Hunt 2” that led to the arrests.
Director of the Federal Bureau of investigation (FBI) Christopher Wray expressed appreciation to the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), represented by the Dubai police Headquarters, for their concerted efforts to arrest the alleged fraudsters.