Influencer ‘Ray Hushpuppi’ flaunted rich way of life on Instagram, will get 11 years for cash laundering

A Nigerian social media influencer often called “Ray Hushpuppi” to his hundreds of thousands of…

Influencer ‘Ray Hushpuppi’ flaunted rich way of life on Instagram, will get 11 years for cash laundering

A Nigerian social media influencer often called “Ray Hushpuppi” to his hundreds of thousands of followers on Instagram flaunted his luxurious way of life on-line for years whereas committing a collection of worldwide on-line scams and cash laundering of hundreds of thousands of {dollars}, authorities mentioned. 

Ramon Abbas, 40, pleaded responsible in April final yr to conspiracy to have interaction in cash laundering, the Justice Division mentioned. On Monday, a federal choose in California sentenced him to greater than 11 years in jail and order him to pay $1.7 million in restitution to 2 fraud victims.

On social media, Abbas was seen residing a lifetime of luxurious full with non-public jets, costly automobiles and designer garments. 

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Abbas was arrested in June 2020 by authorities in Dubai and has been held in federal detention since. 

“Ramon Abbas, a.okay.a. ‘Hushpuppi,’ focused each American and worldwide victims, turning into one of the prolific cash launderers on the earth,” mentioned Don Alway, the Assistant Director in Cost of the FBI’s Los Angeles Area Workplace.

The Justice Division mentioned Abbas claimed to work in actual property however laundered cash from varied cybercrimes by which electronic mail accounts have been damaged into to deceive victims into wiring cash. In 2019, he helped launder $14.7 million stolen by North Korean hackers from a financial institution in Malta and funneled the funds to banks in Romania and Bulgaria, prosecutors mentioned. 

Abbas additionally conspired with Ghaleb Alaumary, 37, of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, a convicted cash launderer, to launder hundreds of thousands of {dollars} stolen from a British firm and a British soccer membership. He additionally obtained a New York-based legislation agency in October 2019 to wire $922,857 to an account {that a} co-conspirator.

Influencer ‘Ray Hushpuppi’ flaunted rich way of life on Instagram, will get 11 years for cash laundering

An Instagram submit by Abbas seems to point out him sporting a designer watch whereas driving a luxurious automotive whereas in Dubai. 
(Justice Division)

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As well as, Abbas admitted serving to defraud somebody in Qatar who was searching for a $15 million mortgage to construct a college. 

“By his personal admission, throughout simply an 18-month interval defendant conspired to launder over $300 million,” prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memorandum. “Whereas a lot of this supposed loss didn’t finally materialize, [Abbas’] willingness and skill to take part in large-scale cash laundering highlights the seriousness of his prison conduct.”