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