United States of America authorities today Friday June 3rd, 2020, Alleged that an English Premier League club was among the victims the Nigerian fraudster Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, also known as Hushpuppi, conspired to defraud.

USA Department of Justice Alleged that Ray Hushpuppi will face criminal charges, alleging he conspired to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from business email compromise (BEC) frauds and other scams, including schemes targeting a U.S.A law firm, a foreign bank and an unnamed English Premier League soccer club.

The Department of Justice said in a statement on Friday that: “Abbas and others further conspired to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from other fraudulent schemes and computer intrusions, including one scheme to steal £100 million (approximately $124 million) from an English Premier League soccer club, the complaint alleges.”

Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, popularly known as Ray Hushpuppi was arrested earlier in June 2020 along with Olalekan Jacob Omoponle, Popularly known as Woodberry and 10 other gangs/crew.

The 12 suspects were arrested in six simultaneous raids carried out by the unit of the Dubai Police.

The gang was responsible for Dh1.6 billion (about N169 billion) fraud engaging over 1.9 million victims. Items worth N15.845 billion (Dh 150 million) were also seized. 13 luxury cars worth N2. 640 billion (Dh 25 million), 21 laptops, 47 smartphones, 15 memory storage devices, 5 external hard drives and 800, 000 emails of potential victims were also recovered from the gang as gathered by Nig24news correspondent.

The video posted by the Dubai Media Office said their police were able to track the locations of the suspected fraudsters using their social media activities. Their arrest in an operation codenamed Fox Hunt 2 came after about four months of painstaking investigations into their activities., during which their social media activities were monitored by the highly trained police unit.

The Dubai Police said the Ray Hushpuppi and his gang specialised in hacking corporate emails and then send imaginary messages to the clients of the companies whose email accounts they have hacked to redirect financial transactions and bank details to their own accounts.

Jesse Baker, the special agent in charge of USA secret Service, LA field Service said: “This was a challenging case, one that spanned international boundaries, traditional financial systems and the digital sphere.”

The Department Of Justice affidavit alleges that HushPuppi and others committed a BEC scheme that defrauded a client of a New York-based law firm out of approximately $922,857(#358,068,516) in October 2019.

Department Of Justice said HushPuppi and co-conspirators allegedly tricked one of the law firm’s legal Assistant into wiring money intended for the client’s real estate refinancing to a bank account that was controlled by HushPuppi and the co-conspirators.

The Dubai Police said he and Woodberry were extradited to the United States this week to face charges of money laundering. If convicted, Hushpuppi would face a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison in United States of America.

Stay tune as we give you more update.


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