21.5 C

How Hushpuppi, accomplice used fraud proceeds to acquire citizenship of St. Kitts


1min read

THE United States has established how Nigerian fraudster Ramon Olorunwa Abbas known as Hushpuppi, and his friend used fraud proceeds to acquire second citizenship in St. Kitts.

In a statement on Wednesday, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) noted that the duo defrauded a Qatari businessperson by claiming to be consultants and bankers who could facilitate a loan to finance the construction of a school for $1.1 million.

The statement confirmed how they used proceeds from the fraud to acquire citizenship in St. Christopher and Nevis, an island nation known as St. Kitts and Nevis.

It added that Hushpuppi used approximately $230,000 of the stolen funds to purchase a Richard Mille RM11-03 watch, which was hand-delivered to him in Dubai and subsequently appeared in his social media posts.

Other illicit proceeds from the scheme were allegedly converted into cashier’s checks, including $50,000 in checks used by Abbas and a co-conspirator to obtain a passport by creating a false marriage certificate and bribing a government official St. Kitts.

The DoJ has said Hushpuppi has pleaded guilty to committing the fraud.

In June, the Dubai Police had arrested  the duo and ten African cybercriminals in a special operation dubbed ‘Fox Hunt 2.’

- Advertisement -

The operation took down the suspects for committing crimes outside the UAE, including money laundering, cyber fraud, hacking, criminal impersonating, scamming individuals, banking fraud and identity theft.

The suspects were caught in a series of synchronized raids by six SWAT teams from Dubai Police who foiled the gang’s bid to deceive many people from around the world and steal their money.

Jamal Salem Al Jallaf, director of Dubai CID said the raid resulted in confiscating incriminating documents of a planned fraud on a global scale worth AED 1.6 billion ($ 435 million).

“The team also seized more than AED 150 million ($40.9 million) in cash, 13 luxury cars with an estimated value of AED 25 million ($6.8 million) obtained from fraud crimes, and confiscated 21 computer devices, 47 smartphones, 15 memory sticks, five hard disks containing 119,580 fraud files as well as addresses of 1,926,400 victims,” he said.

After conducting further investigations and analyzing confiscated electronic devices, Dubai Police investigators uncovered sensitive information mined by the suspects on individuals and companies overseas including bank accounts and fake credit cards as well as documents and files condemning the gangs’ illegal activities.

Vincent Ufuoma is a reporter with The ICIR. He is a lover of God, truth, knowledge and justice.

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

If you or someone you know has a lead, tip or personal experience about this report, our WhatsApp line is open and confidential for a conversation



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Support the ICIR

We need your support to produce excellent journalism at all times.


2023 presidential election: Behold politicians being touted as Nigeria’s next messiahs

ABOUT 18 months to the 2023 presidential elections, a number of Nigerian politicians are...

Lawmakers grill presidential committee over controversial sale of Radio Nigeria building

Nigerian lawmakers have invited members of the Presidential Implementation Committee on the Sale of...

Delta House of Assembly passes anti-open grazing bill

A bill prohibiting open grazing in Delta State has been passed by the state...

Buhari asks Senate to confirm new board members of EFCC

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has asked the Nigerian Senate to confirm the new board members...

Buhari writes Senate, seeks amendment to PIA

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has asked the Nigerian Senate to amend the recently signed Petroleum...

Most Read


Subscribe to our newsletter