U.S. Court sentences Hushpuppi to 11 years in prison for Internet fraud, money laundering

U.S. Court sentences Hushpuppi to 11 years in prison for Internet fraud, money laundering

Promise Eze

Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, also known by his Instagram handle, “Ray Hushpuppi,” has been sentenced by the United States to 11 years imprisonment.

The District Judge Otis D. Wright II, also ordered Abbas to pay $1,732,841 in restitution to two fraud victims.

Abbas is an international fraudster who conspired to launder tens of millions of dollars through a series of online scams and flaunted his luxurious, crime-funded lifestyle on social media was sentenced today to 135 months in federal prison.

He was arrested in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in June 2020 and has remained in federal custody since his expulsion from the UAE.

Abbas pleaded guilty in April 2021 to one count of conspiracy to engage in money laundering.

“Abbas bragged on social media about his lavish lifestyle – a lifestyle funded by his involvement in transnational fraud and money laundering conspiracies targeting victims around the world,” said United States Attorney Martin Estrada. 

“Money laundering and business email compromise scams are a massive international crime problem, and we will continue to work with our law enforcement and international partners to identify and prosecute those involved, wherever they may be,” he added.

 

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