A US District Court for the Central District of California on Monday ordered Nigerian social media influencer Ramon Abass Olorunwa, popularly known as Hushpuppi, to pay USD 1.7 million to two victims as he served 11 years and 3 months in prison for fraud.
Judge Otis D. Wright II convicted Hushpuppi of conspiring to launder money through multiple online scams and flaunting a luxurious crime-funded lifestyle on social media.
The United States said in a statement issued by the court that Abbas had bragged on social media about his lavish lifestyle – a lifestyle funded by his involvement in cross-border fraud and money laundering conspiracies that targeted victims around the world.
“This stiff sentence is the result of years of law enforcement cooperation in multiple countries and should be a clear warning to international fraudsters that the FBI will seek justice for victims, whether the criminals operate inside or outside the borders of the United States.”
Hushpuppi, who pleaded guilty on 28 July 2021, also named Abba Kyari, an acting deputy commissioner of police, as an accomplice in his $1.1 million fraud.
A day later, on 29 July 2021, a US court issued an FBI warrant for the arrest of Abba Kyari, who was further charged after his conversation with Hushpuppi was made public.
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