BREAKING: Hushpuppi Uses FBI Computer to Commit $400k Fraud Inside US Prison
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has filed a new case and issued an arrest warrant for Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, also known as Hushpuppi, an incarcerated Instagram star.
This online news outlet reports that the FBI has filed a lawsuit against Hushpuppi for conspiring to launder more than $400,000 while incarcerated in the United States.
Hushpuppi’s new evidence was submitted to the United States District Court for the Central District of California on March 16th, 2022, in a document stating that Hushpuppi allegedly engaged in the acquisition and washing of Economic Impact Payment debit cards obtained unlawfully from stolen data of US individuals and residents.
“RAMON OLORUNWA ABBAS is a Nigerian native who previously resided in the United Arab Emirates (the “UAE.”) but is currently detained in the US Federal detention institution, Central District of California, on money laundering accusations,” the statement said in part. ABBAS participated in the purchase of Economic Impact Payment debit cards fraudulently obtained from hacked data of US persons while in a US Federal detention facility, according to the FBI’s investigation.
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“Economic Impact Payments,” sometimes known as “stimulus checks” or “recovery rebates,” are a crucial feature of the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act legislation passed by Congress to help individuals and residents across the country cope with the financial burden of the virus.
Payment debit cards are a method of disbursement of payments with an economic impact. Meta Bank in South Dakota, USA, issues Economic Impact Payments debit cards, often known as EIP cards, on the VISA network.
“This affidavit presents new information involving ABBAS which supports Affidavit 1 of Case No 2:20-mj-02992. Recorded internet activities (reviewed pursuant to a federal search warrant issued in this District) of ABBAS in the US Federal correctional facility, Central District of California, reflect that ABBAS purchased Economic Impact Payments debit cards and laundered the proceeds totaling over $400,000.
ABBAS chose the virtual card option for 36 EIP debit cards and the plastic physical card option for 22 EIP debit cards out of a total of 58 EIP debit cards.
“ABBAS was in constant communication with one AJ. ABBAS sent all the cards he bought from stimuluscard.com to AJ. ABBAS gave instructions to AJ on what to shop online. He gave instructions on what to do with the purchased items. ABBAS also gave instructions on cash withdrawal from ATMs with the plastic cards.
“One of the communications between ABBAS and AJ were as follows ABBAS: “Guy hw fr? You don receive the 5 new EIP cards?” AJ: “Yes bro” ABBAS: “Ok. Try pull out all the funds today.” AJ: “Fin on it already. Done 2 already.” ABBAS: “Nice one. What about the online purchase for yesterday? I say make you focus on iPhones 13 and PS5. Those ones dey very easy to resell.” AJ: “Yes. I finished that last night. Emptied the cards on Amazon. Iphones and PS5. I already received the 6 Macbook Air and 3 iPad Pro I ordered 3 days ago. My guys came pick them up this looming.” ABBAS: “Aiit. I go send you
more EIP cards today.” After this conversation, ABBAS went ahead to buy more Economic Impact.”
Meanwhile Touchaheart Nigeria recalls that Hushpuppi faces criminal charges in the United States for conspiring to launder money obtained from business email compromise frauds and other scams, including schemes that defrauded a US law firm of $40 million, illegally transferred $14.7 million from a foreign financial institution, and targeted to steal $124 million from an English football club until his arrest by the Dubai Police in June 2020 and extradition to the United States.