Nigerian Internet celebrity, Ramon Abbas a.k.a “Hushpuppi” has reportedly pleaded guilty in U.S Federal High court to conspiracy to engage in money laundering from business email compromise scams and other online crimes.
Journalist Evan Ratliff who writes for Bloomberg, tweets that Hushpuppi “will face up to 20 years in prison at sentencing.
“In his plea agreement, Abbas admitted to laundering money from the Malta Bank heist and the BEC attacks on a Premier League club, another UK firm, and an American law firm, as well as additional schemes.
“Abbas’ plea agreement, which involved crimes allegedly perpetrated by North Korean state sponsored hackers, was heavily redacted and many of the filings in the case remain sealed.”
The plea that the internet fraudster will henceforth not contest facts entered in the agreement and abide by all agreements regarding sentencing. Hushpuppi is also expected to truthful at all times with the United States probation and pretrial services office and the court.
The Insta Star will reportedly pay close to $1.7m as restitution, but this can change based on facts that come up prior to sentencing.
Hushpuppi was arrested by Dubai police on June 10, 2020, alongside 11 other members of his gang which include Olalekan Jacob Ponle aka ‘Woodberry.’
Dubai police accused the suspects of “committing crimes outside the UAE (United Arab Emirates), including money-laundering, cyber fraud, hacking, criminal impersonation, scamming individuals, banking fraud and identity theft.”
Nearly $41 million in cash, 13 luxury cars valued at around $6.8 million, and phone and computer evidence containing more than 100,000 fraud files and the addresses of nearly two million possible victims were found during the raid, according to Dubai Police.
He was flown to Chicago after being expelled from the UAE.
He made his initial U.S. court appearance in Chicago on July 3, 2020 and was subsequently transferred to Los Angeles for trial.
Read the plea agreement from local media, LIB.