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Hushpuppi ‘linked’ to North Korean money laundering, robbery.

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI has linked Instagram celebrity, Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, a.k.a Hushpuppi, to North Korean hackers said to be the biggest bank robbers in the world.

The Justice Department in a detailed statement released on Friday, February 19, alleged that Hushpuppi took part in a “North Korean-perpetrated cyber-enabled heist from a Maltese bank in February 2019.”

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According to the statement, his role was as a collaborator with a North Korean money launderer, Ghaleb Alaumary, 37, based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

“Alaumary agreed to plead guilty to the charge, which was filed in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Nov. 17, 2020.

“Alaumary was a prolific money launderer for hackers engaged in ATM cash-out schemes, cyber-enabled bank heists, business email compromise (BEC) schemes, and other online fraud schemes. Alaumary is also being prosecuted for his involvement in a separate BEC scheme by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia.

“With respect to the North Korean co-conspirators’ activities, Alaumary organized teams of co-conspirators in the United States and Canada to launder millions of dollars obtained through ATM cash-out operations, including from BankIslami and a bank in India in 2018.

“Alaumary also conspired with Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, aka “Ray Hushpuppi,” and others to launder funds from a North Korean-perpetrated cyber-enabled heist from a Maltese bank in February 2019”the statement read

Hushpuppi was arrested in Dubai in June 2020, and extradited to the US where he is being charged by the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles with conspiring to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from “business email compromise” (BEC) frauds and other scams.

His trial was to have commenced late last year, but was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Read the full US Justice Department statement on Hushpuppi’s alleged involvement with the three North Korean military hackers

A federal indictment unsealed today charges three North Korean computer programmers with participating in a wide-ranging criminal conspiracy to conduct a series of destructive cyberattacks, to steal and extort more than $1.3 billion of money and cryptocurrency from financial institutions and companies, to create and deploy multiple malicious cryptocurrency applications, and to develop and fraudulently market a blockchain platform.

A second case unsealed today revealed that a Canadian-American citizen has agreed to plead guilty in a money laundering scheme and admitted to being a high-level money launderer for multiple criminal schemes, including ATM “cash-out” operations and a cyber-enabled bank heist orchestrated by North Korean hackers.

“As laid out in today’s indictment, North Korea’s operatives, using keyboards rather than guns, stealing digital wallets of cryptocurrency instead of sacks of cash, are the world’s leading bank robbers,” said Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers of the Justice Department’s National Security Division.

“The Department will continue to confront malicious nation state cyber activity with our unique tools and work with our fellow agencies and the family of norms abiding nations to do the same.”

“Today’s unsealed indictment expands upon the FBI’s 2018 charges for the unprecedented cyberattacks conducted by the North Korean regime,” said the FBI Deputy Director Paul Abbate.

“The ongoing targeting, compromise, and cyber-enabled theft by North Korea from global victims was met with the outstanding, persistent investigative efforts of the FBI in close collaboration with U.S. and foreign partners. By arresting facilitators, seizing funds, and charging those responsible for the hacking conspiracy, the FBI continues to impose consequences and hold North Korea accountable for its/their criminal cyber activity.”

“The scope of the criminal conduct by the North Korean hackers was extensive and long-running, and the range of crimes they have committed is staggering,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Tracy L. Wilkison for the Central District of California.

“The conduct detailed in the indictment are the acts of a criminal nation-state that has stopped at nothing to extract revenge and obtain money to prop up its regime.”

“This case is a particularly striking example of the growing alliance between officials within some national governments and highly sophisticated cyber-criminals,” said U.S. Secret Service Assistant Director Michael R. D’Ambrosio.

“The individuals indicted today committed a truly unprecedented range of financial and cyber-crimes: from ransomware attacks and phishing campaigns, to digital bank heists and sophisticated money laundering operations. With victims strewn across the globe, this case shows yet again that the challenge of cybercrime is, and will continue to be, a struggle that can only be won through partnerships, perseverance, and a relentless focus on holding criminals accountable.”

The hacking indictment filed in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles alleges that Jon Chang Hyok (???), 31; Kim Il (??), 27; and Park Jin Hyok (???), 36, were members of units of the Reconnaissance General Bureau (RGB), a military intelligence agency of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), which engaged in criminal hacking. These North Korean military hacking units are known by multiple names in the cybersecurity community, including Lazarus Group and Advanced Persistent Threat 38 (APT38). Park was previously charged in a criminal complaint unsealed in September 2018.

The indictment alleges a broad array of criminal cyber activities undertaken by the conspiracy, in the United States and abroad, for revenge or financial gain. The schemes alleged include:

Cyberattacks on the Entertainment Industry: The destructive cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment in November 2014 in retaliation for “The Interview,” a movie that depicted a fictional assassination of the DPRK’s leader; the December 2014 targeting of AMC Theatres, which was scheduled to show the film; and a 2015 intrusion into Mammoth Screen, which was producing a fictional series involving a British nuclear scientist taken prisoner in DPRK.

Cyber-Enabled Heists from Banks: Attempts from 2015 through 2019 to steal more than $1.2 billion from banks in Vietnam, Bangladesh, Taiwan, Mexico, Malta, and Africa by hacking the banks’ computer networks and sending fraudulent Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) messages.

Cyber-Enabled ATM Cash-Out Thefts: Thefts through ATM cash-out schemes – referred to by the U.S. government as “FASTCash” – including the October 2018 theft of $6.1 million from BankIslami Pakistan Limited (BankIslami).

Ransomware and Cyber-Enabled Extortion: Creation of the destructive WannaCry 2.0 ransomware in May 2017, and the extortion and attempted extortion of victim companies from 2017 through 2020 involving the theft of sensitive data and deployment of other ransomware.

Creation and Deployment of Malicious Cryptocurrency Applications: Development of multiple malicious cryptocurrency applications from March 2018 through at least September 2020 – including Celas Trade Pro, WorldBit-Bot, iCryptoFx, Union Crypto Trader, Kupay Wallet, CoinGo Trade, Dorusio, CryptoNeuro Trader, and Ants2Whale – which would provide the North Korean hackers a backdoor into the victims’ computers.

Targeting of Cryptocurrency Companies and Theft of Cryptocurrency: Targeting of hundreds of cryptocurrency companies and the theft of tens of millions of dollars’ worth of cryptocurrency, including $75 million from a Slovenian cryptocurrency company in December 2017; $24.9 million from an Indonesian cryptocurrency company in September 2018; and $11.8 million from a financial services company in New York in August 2020 in which the hackers used the malicious CryptoNeuro Trader application as a backdoor.

Spear-Phishing Campaigns: Multiple spear-phishing campaigns from March 2016 through February 2020 that targeted employees of United States cleared defense contractors, energy companies, aerospace companies, technology companies, the U.S.Department of State, and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Marine Chain Token and Initial Coin Offering: Development and marketing in 2017 and 2018 of the Marine Chain Token to enable investors to purchase fractional ownership interests in marine shipping vessels, supported by a blockchain, which would allow the DPRK to secretly obtain funds from investors, control interests in marine shipping vessels, and evade U.S. sanctions.

According to the allegations contained in the hacking indictment, which was filed on Dec. 8, 2020, in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles and unsealed today, the three defendants were members of units of the RGB who were at times stationed by the North Korean government in other countries, including China and Russia. While these defendants were part of RGB units that have been referred to by cybersecurity researchers as Lazarus Group and APT38, the indictment alleges that these groups engaged in a single conspiracy to cause damage, steal data and money, and otherwise further the strategic and financial interests of the DPRK government and its leader, Kim Jong Un.

Money Launderer Charged in California and Georgia

Federal prosecutors today also unsealed a charge against Ghaleb Alaumary, 37, of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, for his role as a money launderer for the North Korean conspiracy, among other criminal schemes. Alaumary agreed to plead guilty to the charge, which was filed in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Nov. 17, 2020. Alaumary was a prolific money launderer for hackers engaged in ATM cash-out schemes, cyber-enabled bank heists, business email compromise (BEC) schemes, and other online fraud schemes. Alaumary is also being prosecuted for his involvement in a separate BEC scheme by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia.

With respect to the North Korean co-conspirators’ activities, Alaumary organized teams of co-conspirators in the United States and Canada to launder millions of dollars obtained through ATM cash-out operations, including from BankIslami and a bank in India in 2018. Alaumary also conspired with Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, aka “Ray Hushpuppi,” and others to launder funds from a North Korean-perpetrated cyber-enabled heist from a Maltese bank in February 2019. Last summer, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles charged Abbas in a separate case alleging that he conspired to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from BEC frauds and other scams.

Accompanying Mitigation Efforts

Throughout the investigation, the FBI and the Justice Department provided specific information to victims about how they had been targeted or compromised, as well as information about the tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) used by the hackers with the goals of remediating any intrusion and preventing future intrusions. That direct sharing of information took place in the United States and in foreign countries, often with the assistance of foreign law enforcement partners. The FBI also collaborated with certain private cybersecurity companies by sharing and analyzing information about the intrusion TTPs used by the members of the conspiracy.

In addition to the criminal charges, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Treasury, today released a joint cybersecurity advisory and malware analysis reports (MARs) regarding North Korean cryptocurrency malware. The joint cybersecurity analysis and MARs highlight the cyber threat North Korea – which is referred to by the U.S. government as HIDDEN COBRA – poses to cryptocurrency and identify malware and indicators of compromise related to the “AppleJeus” family of malware (the name given by the cybersecurity community to a family of North Korean malicious cryptocurrency applications that includes Celas Trade Pro, WorldBit-Bot, Union Crypto Trader, Kupay Wallet, CoinGo Trade, Dorusio, CryptoNeuro Trader, and Ants2Whale). The joint cybersecurity advisory and MARs collectively provide the cybersecurity community and public with information about identifying North Korean malicious cryptocurrency applications, avoiding intrusions, and remedying infections.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office and FBI also obtained seizure warrants authorizing the FBI to seize cryptocurrency stolen by the North Korean hackers from a victim in the indictment – a financial services company in New York – held at two cryptocurrency exchanges. The seizures include sums of multiple cryptocurrencies totalling approximately $1.9 million, which will ultimately be returned to the victim.

Jon, Kim, and Park are charged with one count of conspiracy to commit computer fraud and abuse, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, and one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.

In relation to the case filed in Los Angeles, Alaumary has agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

The charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

The investigation of Jon, Kim, and Park was led by the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office, which worked closely with the FBI’s Charlotte Field Office. The U.S. Secret Service’s Los Angeles Field Office and Global Investigative Operations Center provided substantial assistance. The FBI’s Cyber Division also provided substantial assistance.

The investigations of Alaumary were conducted by the U.S. Secret Service’s Savannah Field Office, FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office, and the U.S. Secret Service’s Los Angeles Field Office and Global Investigative Operations Center. The FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division also provided substantial assistance.

The case against Jon, Kim, and Park is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Anil J. Antony and Khaldoun Shobaki of the Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes Section, with substantial assistance from Trial Attorney Scott Claffee of the Department of Justice National Security Division’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Antony and Shobaki are also prosecuting the case against Alaumary, in which the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia and the Criminal Division’s Computer Crimes and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) provided substantial assistance. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Antony and Shobaki, along with Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Galatzan of the Asset Forfeiture Section, also obtained the seizure warrants for cryptocurrency stolen from the financial services company in New York.

The Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs provided assistance throughout these investigations, as did many of the FBI’s Legal Attachés, as well as foreign authorities around the world. Numerous victims cooperated and provided valuable assistance.”

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More troubles for alleged fraudster, Hushpuppi amid new evidence.

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New evidence has been submitted against popular alleged internet fraudster, Ramoni Abbass, popularly known as Hushpuppi.

Hushpuppi was arrested weeks ago for allegedly defrauding over 1.9 million people to the tune of over 168 billion naira.

The new evidence shows how he used his personal email to register on a website “whizzlog” which is a market place for buying US bank logs and money laundering.

Recall with Noble Reporters Media that Hushpuppi pleaded not guilty to the four-count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, money laundering conspiracies, international money laundering and engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activity.

In June, the Hushpuppi was flaunting an opulent lifestyle on social media and was shortly arrested in Dubai by special operatives of the Emirati police and American Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).


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Gist+: Hushpuppi gets new lawyer amid California transfer

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Ramon Abbas aka Hushpuppi has been assigned a new lawyer after his case got transferred from Chicago to California.

His legal counsel, Gal Pissetzky who is not licensed to practice outside Chicago will now work with Vicki Podberesky of Andrues/Podberesky law firm based in Los Angeles.

Speaking to Media (known to Noble Reporters Media), Pissetzky stated that the case against his client is yet to go to court.

According to him, the delay is caused by the Federal Bureau of Investigation which is yet to provide all the evidence against Hushpuppi.

Hushpuppi, Woodberry and other members of his gang were busted in Dubai for alleged cybercrime


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Woodberry’s case was dismissed for this reason – Lawyer, Nash says

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Michael Nash, the Chicago lawyer representing Woodberry, has said that the dismissal of the fraud allegation against his client makes no difference.

Woodberry was arrested alongside Hushpuppi and extradited to the US where he’s being tried for fraud.

“The government dismissed the case because it charged him with a slightly different crime. In the long run, no difference”, he said.

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Assistant U.S. Attorney, Joseph D. Fitzpatrick in reaction to the news disclosed that Woodperry still has an eight-count charge of wire fraud against him.

He said, “We dismissed the complaint, but the indictment (charging 8 counts of wire fraud) is still active. We cannot comment on the dismissal of the complaint, but I wanted to make sure you knew the indictment is still active.

“Mr Ponle has now been charged by indictment, instead of being charged by the complaint by FBI”.


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US dissolves case against Hushpuppi’s close pal, ‘Woodberry’

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A United States court has dismissed the case against Hushpuppi’s associate, Olalekan Ponle also known as Woodberry, a Nigerian accused of multi-million dollar wire fraud.

Mr Ponle, popularly known as Woodberry, was arrested, alongside Ramon Abbas (Hushpuppi) in the United Arab Emirate on June 10 for multiple fraud charges after a raid by operatives of the Dubai crime unit.

The duo were extradited to the U.S. on July 2. The United States government on Monday filed a motion through its attorney, John R. Lausch, requesting that the case against Mr Ponle should be dismissed without prejudice

A court order issued by Judge Robert W. Gettleman on Tuesday, said the government’s motion to dismiss complaint without prejudice was granted.


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Gist+: Hushpuppi has not been released – Lawyer speaks

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Gal Pissetzky has revealed that his client Ramon Abbas aka Hushpuppi has not been released from prison as widely reported.

The reports were former based on an information on the Website of the prison where the Instagram celebrity was held in the US.

Speaking to Media (known to Noble Reporters Media), Pissetzky revealed that Hushpuppi was only transfered to another prison.

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“He has not been released and I am still his lawyer. He is on his way to California. Not everything you see on court documents is accurate.

“Just because the jail record says ‘released’ does not mean he has been released. He is being transferred to California,” he said.

Hushpuppi was arrested in Dubai and extradited to the US on allegation of fraud in the tune of N168 billion


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Update: Ray Hushpuppi regains freedom?

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A new Information available on the U.S Federal Bureau Of Prisons website, indicates Ramon Olorunwa Abba has regained freedom after he was arrested and charged for money laundering and fraud.

The information on the website on US federal Bureau showed that inmate, which is supposedly Hushpuppi with the BOP Register Number 54313424, aged 37 has been released on the 20th of July 2020.

Hushpuppi is a 'legitimate businessman,' his lawyer says

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Recall with Noble Reporters Media, the Chicago lawyer who is defending Nigerian Instagram celebrity accused of money laundering in the United States said his client is not guilty of any crime.

According to Gal Pissetzky who claimed that Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, runs a “legitimate business” as an “entrepreneur”. Pissetzky said Hushpuppi made his money promoting brands on his Instagram page, where he has 2.5 million followers


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Alleged Fraud: Hushpuppi dumps Chicago lawyer | Reason

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Hushpuppi has dumped his top Chicago lawyer as court transfers trial to California.

The popular Nigerian Instagram celebrity facing wire fraud charges in the United States with real names Ramoni Abbas has agreed to settle for a government lawyer after his case was transferred to another district.

Mr Abbas had hired a top lawyer in the U.S., Gal Pissetzky of the Pissetzky & Berliner law firm as his attorney.

Mr Pissetzky, renowned for handling criminal cases in Chicago, had argued that his client sourced his money from promoting designer products on social media and a real estate investment.

It should be noted a Chicago court, on Monday, denied him bail and ruled that he remains in detention till his next trial date later in the year.

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Mr Abbas’s case has also transferred to the Central District of California for prosecution.

American prosecutors had earlier said Mr Abbas would still be transferred to Los Angeles, a city in California.


During the detention hearing on Monday, the government orally renewed its motion for removal in custody and the government’s oral motion was granted.

If convicted, Mr Abbas would get a minimum sentence of 20 years in the U.S. federal prison.


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COVID-19: Hushpuppi test positive in prison?

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Ramoni Olorunwa Abass aka Hushpuppi, has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus, a virus which has infected over twelve million people globally.

Controversial journalist, Kemi Olunloyo took to her Twitter page to make the claim.

Kemi, before now, said she has link with the people holding Hushpuppi, adding that she gets information from them.

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Though her claims about Hushpuppi is yet to be properly confirmed, Kemi Olunloyo claimed to have gotten the information from a source within the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI.

Taking to her Twitter page, she wrote that Hushpuppi has tested positive to COVID-19 and asymptomatic. She wrote;

“#BREAKING Ramoni Olorunwa Abass has contracted #coronavirus on detention??#COVID19 is real. You never know where you’ll catch it. Stay home stay safe and don’t be a person that will be uprooted from your home for alleged fraud. HushPuppi will now have to be isolated in solitary. Hope he does not commit suicide. Good luck to him.”

BREAKING #Kemitalksinfo A source @FBILosAngeles told me Ramoni Olorunwa Abass reportedly tested #Covid19 +ve asymptomatic. Remember that it CAN’T be announced on US soil due to the HIPAA law. He is locked up at MCC Chicago, a #COVID19 ravaged federal prison??


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Dino Melaye mess APC over his link with Hushpuppi

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Senator Dino Melaye has reacted to being mentioned as some of the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP’s) members linked to a suspected fraudster, Raymond Abass alias Hushpuppi.

The Deputy National publicity secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena, had in a statement at the weekend urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other security agencies to investigate the links between Hushpuppi and Melaye and some PDP members.

But in a tweet on his verified Twitter handle, @dino_melaye, the former senator said responding to the statement would amount to him glorifying APC, which he described as a caretaker party.

Dino Melaye

”I will not glorify a religiously lunatic character nor the caretaker party(APC) with a response on Hushpuppi, ” Melaye wrote.


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Former Michael Jackson lawyer to defend Hushpuppi

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Arrested Nigerian suspected fraudster, Ray Hushpuppi has reportedly hired Mark Geragos, a former lawyer to the late Micheal Jackson.

The popular attorney who has been involved in high profile cases of this nature, has in the past represented celebrities like Winona Ryder, Chris Brown, Colin Kaepernick and Scott Peterson.

Reacting to the report, Nigerian producer Samklef who confirmed that Mark Geragos was hired by Hushpuppi, wrote that the suspect might not even spend much time in jail.

Former Michael Jackson Lawyer, Mark Geragos & Hushpuppi

“This movie go sweet pass Netflix… he might not even spend all his time.. he will work with the government and regain his freedom”. he wrote on social media.

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Ramon Olorunwa Abbas appeared in a federal court in Chicago on Friday. He is accused of conspiring to launder hundreds of millions of dollars through cybercrime schemes.

According to a federal affidavit, one of the alleged victims was the client of a New York-based law firm that lost nearly a million dollars in 2019.

Skiibii shows off newly built house in Lagos
Abbas was arrested last month by law enforcement officials in the United Arab Emirates and transferred to the US this week by the FBI.

Prosecutors allege Abbas is one of the leaders of a global network that uses computer intrusions, business email compromise (BEC) schemes and money laundering capers to steal hundreds of millions of dollars.


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Hushpuppi in contract with PDP to change Nigerian govt – Lauretta

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Social Media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mrs. Lauretta Onochie has alleged that embattled suspected fraudster Hushpuppi was contracted by PDP Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar to rig election.

According to the statement she made on her verified Twitter handle, The Presidential Aide is of the opinion that Hushpuppi was part of the strategy of the People’s Democratic Party when some of its members travel to Dubai in 2019 to strategize on how to win the 2019 Presidential election.

She wrote on Twitter:

“The Dubai Strategy. #Hushpuppi was very prominent in the strategy to change the government of the federal Republic of Nigeria through the back door.@YakubDogara @DinoMelaye, Timi Frank and so on, were there.In spite of denials, we know them. There’s nothing hidden under the sun”

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Former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar had traveled with some PDP members to Dubai after he won the PDP Presidential primary. Mrs. Onochie also thinks that there is something that the PDP know about Hushpuppi that they don’t want to tell Nigerians.

Dino Melaye, Yakubu Dogara and Timi Frank whom she mentioned have all denied having any relationship with Hushpuppi apart from taking pictures which they did with him in Dubai.

Also, Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has warned APC to be mindful of making senseless statements.


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Dogara slam APC over his link with Hushpuppi

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The former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, said only a fool will link people to criminal activity simply because they appeared in a group picture with a suspected fraudster.

Dogara of the Peoples Democratic Party, who is still a member of the House, made the comments in reaction to an APC statement, signed by its Deputy Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena.

In the statement, APC demanded the probe of some PDP leaders, including the immediate past President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; former Vice-President and PDP’s 2019 presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar; and Senator Dino Melaye, among others, over their alleged romance with cyber-crime suspect, Ramon Abbas aka Hushpuppi.

Dogara, however, reacted to the allegation in a statement issued by his media aide, Turaki Hassan, entitled ‘The Fatuous and Infantile Statement by the Smellfungus Called Yekini Nabena’.

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He challenged the All Progressives Congress to establish the link between himself and suspected international fraudster, Ramon Abbas, aka Hushpuppi.

Dogara said he is ready to be jailed if APC establishes any form of links or connection between him and the alleged fraudster.

Dogara also argued that APC leaders had also taken photographs with another Dubai-based Instagram celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha, aka Mompha, who the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is currently prosecuting over alleged fraud, money laundering and running a foreign exchange business without the authorization of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Mr Yakubu Dogara, Former Speaker House of Representatives

Dogara, through Hassan, said: “This smellfungus called Nabena should have known that it is share mindlessness to attempt to execute mischief and blackmail in plain sight before the public some of whom are better informed. Who is that fool that links people to criminal activity simply because they appeared in a group picture at a public event comprising of people from different walks of life?

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“If appearing in a group photograph is what Nabena is now using to establish a link or connection to crimes or alleged criminals, then, why didn’t he issue such a statement in the wake of the arrest of a suspected money launderer by name Ismaila Mustapha, aka Mompha, whose pictures with notable personalities including some APC governors are all over the social media? Is Nabena guilty of selective amnesia or share perfidy? Who is Nabena scared of? Who is he trying to fool?”

He added, “For the records, Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara has agreed to waive his right to a trial and go to jail if Nabena establishes any form of links or connection between him and the alleged cybercriminal before the event where the picture was taken and after the event until now. For Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara, that picture was just another picture among the thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of such pictures with Nigerians from all walks of life.

“If the said Nabena is worth his salt, next time he speaks, he should speak to issues affecting the welfare of our union, which are well known to all discerning Nigerians. Nabena should or ought to know that there is no honour in speaking about group pictures taken at public events when the nation is bleeding and most Nigerian families are struggling and hurting.”


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PDP kicks at relationship with Hushpuppi – blast APC

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Former vice president Atiku Abubakar has reacted to a statement by the All Progressives Congress, APC, which links him with arrested fraudster Hushpuppi.

The APC through a statement by its spokesman, Yekini Nabena, had alleged that some stalwarts of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had ties with Hushpuppi in Dubai.

The PDP stalwarts were listed as former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, ex-presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar and former Kogi West Senator; Dino Melaye.

Atiku who reacted through his media aide, Paul Ibe, said that it was mischievous to have used a photograph he took with Hushpuppi to rope him into his dealings.

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“It is curious that the All Progressives Congress is mischievously trying to link Atiku Abubakar to the alleged fraudster, Ramon Abbas, AKA Hushpuppi, simply because he was photographed with Atiku at an event where many Nigerians had gathered.

“For the avoidance of doubt, it was a mere photo-op and not at any meeting as being ingloriously speculated.

Abubakar Atiku

“We would advise the APC and Mr. Nabena to be very mindful of such senseless statements in the future especially as the case under reference is a subject of litigation in another country.

“Had they been more sensitive, they would have come to terms with the reality that the case is a national embarrassment – not something to cheer about for any political blackmail.”


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Saraki denies Hushpuppi as APC set to investigate

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Ex Senate President, Bukola Saraki in a latest statement has distanced himself from Hushpuppi following a statement by the ruling All Progressives Congress APC calling for an investigation into his alleged links with the suspected fraudster who was recently arrested in the United Arab Emirates and extradited to the United States.

APC in an earlier statement via its National Publicity Secretary Yekini Nabena today July 4, called on the EFCC and other relevant security agencies to investigate the links Hushpuppi had with some PDP stalwarts.

The statement read in part;

”That 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.

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At different times, “Hushpuppi” was been 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.

While relevant authorities investigate the nature of their relationship and business partnership, we also challenge the PDP leadership to do same by opening up on the nature of the relationship, particularly the kind of services the arrested “Hushpuppi” provided them.” APC’s statement read

Saraki in a statement released by his media aide, Yusuph Olaniyonu, described the statement from the APC as irresponsible and cheap politics for trying to link him with Hushpuppi.

Saraki in the statement said he has no form of association with the said suspect, Ramon Abbas AKA Hushpuppi and neither does he know him in any way.

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“The statement credited to the APC, the ruling party in our country, is one of the ways by which our anti-graft agencies are weakened and why the fight against corruption in the country is often viewed with suspicion by the international community. This is because when these cyber-crime suspects were operating freely and openly displaying wealth, the APC saw nothing bad in their activities. Also, the party at that time did not deem it necessary to call on the anti-graft agencies to investigate their activities.

Also, since the arrest of those cyber crime suspects and the subsequent damage to the image and the economy of Nigeria as well as the crisis it created for Nigerians engaged in lawful businesses across the world, the ruling party had been muted. The only time the APC deemed it necessary to make a statement was when it thought it should play dirty, cheap and irresponsible politics.

Dr. Saraki was the only political leader who has publicly made a statement through an Op-Ed article published in the Daily Trust newspaper of July 1, 2020 titled “Cyber Criminals: Confronting The Few Who Dent Many” and this opinion article had been widely circulated online and on other platforms. In that article, he strongly condemned the activities of these cyber criminals and called on the law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders to make decisive interventions to checkmate their activities. He has also got a research institution, the Politeia Institute, whose board he chairs to commence a research on the best ways to tackle the menace.

Such a noble intervention in tackling a menace is what Dr. Saraki believes in, not mudslinging and playing politics at the expense of the nation’s image. At this point, we call on the APC leadership to rein in the so-called Yekini Nabena and compel him to desist from making and circulating such malicious, odious and offensive claims”, the statement concluded.


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Fans react over report on how Hushpuppi scam EPL club for £100M

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The “English Premier League” is currently trending on Twitter and this is after Ramon Olorunwa Abbas a.k.a. “Ray Hushpuppi” was accused of conspiring to steal £100 million from a club in the UK.

The Federal prosecutors who filed a criminal complaint on June 25, alleged that Hushpuppi is “one of the leaders of a transnational network that facilitates computer intrusions, fraudulent schemes (including BEC schemes), and money laundering, targeting victims around the world in schemes designed to steal hundreds of millions of dollars”.

In a statement released by the US Department of Justice, the suspected Nigerian fraudster was accused of conspiring 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. Read here

The suspected Nigerian fraudster who was recently extradited from Dubai to the United States made his first court appearance this morning in Chicago, and he is expected to be transferred to Los Angeles in the coming weeks.

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

Football fans are reacting with shock on Twitter with many wondering which of the English Premier League soccer clubs nearly became victim of fraud.


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Gist+: Hushpuppi to face 20 years amid LA charges

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Nigerian-Dubai based Big Boy Hushpuppi is reportedly to face up to 20 years in prison after prosecutors from the US Attorney officially pressed charges against him.

Recall the controversial journalist Kemi Olunloyo disclosed yesterday that the big boy about 47 countries are allegedly fighting for the custody of the alleged fraudster. Kemi also disclosed that Hushpuppi has named his crime partners he has been laundering money for which has sparked some controversies on the internet.

However, the new update on the arrest of the alleged fraudster suggests that Hushpuppi could face a jail sentence of 20 years for his fraudulent activities. The US Attorney updated the case on Hushpuppi on Twitter disclosing that Hushpuppi has been charged.


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Reno Omokri reveals difference between Hushpuppi & Tinubu

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Political critics and motivational author, Reno Omokri, drops a hot one at the ex-executive governor, Bola Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu of Lagos State, asking ‘how much of the tax and other revenue made in Lagos goes in to the pocket of the ex- governor’.

According To The Controversial Author, Reno Omokri, there is little or no difference between the international fraudster, hushpuppi and sir. Bola tinubu.

Reno wrote; “Hushpuppi scammed 1.9 billion people off ₦168 billion. Lagos state has a population of over 20 million. Their tax and other revenues is in the trillions of Naira. How much of that goes into Bola @AsiwajuTinubu’s pocket? How is Tinubu different from Hush??


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Hushpuppi appear in Chicago court – to be moved to Los Angeles

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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.

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

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

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

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.

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Dubai legally move Hushpuppi, Mr. Woodbery to United States


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Dubai legally move Hushpuppi, Mr. Woodbery to United States

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Raymond Igbalode Abbas (Hushpuppi) and Olalekan Jacon Ponle (Woodberry) have been extradited to the United States.

Dubai Police revealed in a statement that the Nigerian fraudsters, Huspuppi and Woodberry have been extradited to the United States after they were arrested in Dubai for allegedly committing multiple money-laundering and cyber crimes.

FBI’s Director, Christopher Wray thanked the Dubai Police for their cooperation.

Hushpuppi and Mr. Woodbery

Statement by the Dubai Police reads;

The Director of the Federatal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Christopher Wray has praised the exceptional efforts exerted by the United Arab Emirate, represented bu the Dubai Police General HQ, in combating transnational organised cybercrime including the rrecent arrest of Raymod Igbalode Abbas, known as “Hushpuppi” and Olalekan Jacon Ponle aka “Woodberry” who were taken down in opetation “Fox Hunt 2”.

Mr Wray also extended his appreciations to Dubai Police for their cooperation in extraditing the wanted criminals, who committed money-laundering and multiple-cybercrimes, to the United States.


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Bonucci, other teammates react as Ronaldo dress in same outfit as Hushpuppi

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Cristiano Ronaldo recently shared a photo of himself in a Louis Vuitton wear which did not necessarily go down well with his teammates.

In the photo, the 35-year old rocked a Hawaiian shirt valued at around £655 and matched it with some board shorts which, according to Sunsport, cost around £600.

“Starting the weekend with a good vibe and a good style,” Ronaldo captioned the photo. To say the outfit was screaming with color would be an understatement.

Typically, ardent Ronaldo fans see no wrong in the footballer whatsoever but that was not the case with some of his teammates who tackled him mercilessly in the comment section.

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Defender Medhi Amine El Mouttaqi Benatia was among the first to react in savage fashion as he dismissed his superstar team mate’s fashion sense. “Come and bro, good style I don’t know.” Benatia wrote.

Another defender, Leonardo Bonucci also hoped in by sharing several laughing emojis along with the caption “Unbelievable”.

Retired midfielder Marchisio also saw the hilarious side of the entire outfit.


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Gist+: Bobrisky blast celebs, people attacking Hushpuppi

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Nigerian crossdresser, Idris Olanrewaju Okuneye popularly known as Bobrisky has continued to show support towards Hushpuppi who was arrested in Dubai alongside his accomplices as they are suspect is a wire fraud of $435.6 million.

According to Bobrisky who lambasted people who criticize Hushpuppi, no one should judge him because “we sin differently.”

She wrote; “I’m tired of reading people comments on blog over Hushpuppi arrest. So is now you all fools know he was a scammer. What happen to all d praises you all showed him before his arrest? Dis life never fall because many of us are two face. Where are all d people praising him on his comment section before his arrest?

She also blasted the celebrities who used to praise and have now deserted him after his arrest.

”Where are all d stupid celebrities hyping him, you all unfollow him right? You all disappeared because you feel he will never come out of dis right? Watch d space. We sin differently never judge anyone always remember that. Dis message is just to correct some people faking love towards him.”


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OAP, Daddy Freeze defend himself with Bible after being dragged over taking Hushpuppi’s side

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Daddy Freeze’s on-air presence has unexpectedly found refuge in the Scriptures by taking some appropriate verses to protect himself against trolls who have been on his back for dinner with Huspuppi in the past but have attacked him since he was arrested.

The radio figure armed himself with Mark 2:15, where Jesus dined with sinners, implying that he did nothing wrong in dining with the millionaire from Nigeria who turned out to be a major fraudster after he was arrested by Interpol in Dubai last week.

Daddy Freeze added that Nigerians are funny people and he is glad that he is not accountable to anyone except his master.


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