Hushpuppi faces 20 years in US prison


The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has said Nigerian Instagram celebrity, Ramon Abbas, aka Hushpuppi, faces 20 years’ imprisonment for suspected money laundering from his various cybercrime schemes worth $435m (N168bn).

According to a statement by the US DOJ the 38-year-old Huspuppi arrived in Chicago Thursday evenings and was taken to a Chicago court promptly with no bail application.

He was subsequently led to Federal prison from where he will have his regular visits to the court for prosecution.

It will be recalled that Hushpuppi was arrested alongside his accomplices, on June 10 for a series of crimes like money laundering, fraud, hacking of websites and accounts, impersonation and banking fraud; including one scheme to steal £100m (approximately $124m) from an unnamed English Premier League soccer club

Police said the suspects scammed over 1.9 million people in a fraudulent scheme worth $435m (N168bn). Thirteen luxury cars, estimated at N3.7bn; 21 laptops, 47 smartphones, 15 storage devices, and five hard disks containing data were recovered from the house where they were arrested.

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