Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, a Nigerian Instagram celebrity known as Hushpuppi may be facin 20years jail term in the United States as he is facing criminal charges for allegedly laundering of hundreds of millions of from business email compromises (BEC) frauds, and other related scam activities.
The US Department of Justice had said on a statement on Friday that Abbas would face a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in Federal prison if convicted of conspiracy to engage in money laundering.
In a criminal complaint filed before the United States District Court for the Central District of California, the FBI’s Special Agent, Andrew John Innocenti said “beginning no later than 15th of October, 2019, and continuing through at least 17th of October 2017, in the country of Los Angeles, in the Central District of California and other places the defendant had conspired to launder proceeds fraudulently obtained from a law firm.
DOJ’s statement had revealed that Husspuppi and his conspirators allegedly tricked one of the law firm’s paralegals into wiring money intended for the client’s real estate refinancing to a bank account that was controlled by them. they also targeted a foreign bank, an English Premier League soccer club and a U.S Law Firm.
Hushpuppi was arrested in Dubai hotel in June and was extradited to U.S on Wednesday.
DOJ said he made his fisrt appearance in the U.S court on Friday morning in Chicago while he arrived on Thursday and he will be transferred to Los Angeles weeks to come.