Hushpuppi arraigned in US, faces 20 years imprisonment if convicted


The United States Department of Justice has arraigned Nigerian cyber-crime suspect, Raymond Abass also known as Hushpuppi in Chicago court and could could get a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison if convicted.

The United State Department of Justice says the 37-year-old who was resident in Dubai, was known for living an extravagant lifestyle and flaunting it on social media is expected to be transferred to Los Angeles in the coming weeks to face criminal charges.

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Hushpuppi was arrested recently in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and extradited to the U.S for allegedly conspiring to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from business email compromise (BEC) frauds and other scams, including schemes targeting a U.S. law firm, a foreign bank and an English Premier League club.

An affidavit, alongside a criminal complaint filed in court by the U.S. authorities alleges that Hushpuppi and others used the internet to steal millions of dollars from people and companies.

The American government said Hushpuppi funded his extravagant lifestyle with stolen money.

“The FBI led the investigation of Abbas, and the United States Secret Service was also involved and provided substantial assistance.

“The FBI thanks the government of the United Arab Emirates and the Dubai Police Department for their substantial assistance,” the statement said.