Nigerian socialite, Raymond Abbas popularly known as Hushpuppi maybe be facing 20 years in jail in the United States for criminal charges.
According to reliable sources, Raymond was alleged to have engaged in money laundry conspiracy of over millions of dollars running into trillions in Nigerian currency. It was alleged that Hushpuppi scammed many people in the US and other part of the world using business email compromise (BEC).
“If convicted of conspiracy to engage in money laundering, Abbas would face a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison,” A United States Department of Justice said in a statement.
The Instagram celebrity and social media influencer was arrested by Interpol headquarters in Dubai but was shortly extradited to the United States on Wednesday.
. According to Department of Justice, Hushpuppi made his first U.S court appearance on Friday some hours after he arrived at Chicago on Thursday. The DOJ also said that he would be transferred to Los Angeles in the coming week.
The Federal prosecutor in Los Angeles earlier filed a complaints on June 25 against Hushpuppi and others for a BEC scam which defrauded Law Firm located in New York, US of over $222,000 last year.
DOJ said that Hushpuppi and his gang tricked a New York based law firm He stated:
“Hushpuppi 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 Abbas and the co-conspirators.”
DOJ also stated that Hushpuppi conspired to launder money stolen in a $14.7million cyber heist from an international financial institution last year. Hushpuppi used two bank accounts in Europe to receive the sum of about €5 million.