Viral Reports Linking Hushpuppi To $400k Fraud In Prison Is Fake — U.S
Reports which claimed that a Nigerian alleged Internet fraudster Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi, laundered $400,000 USD, in prison, is fake, the U.S. has clarified.
The reports had claimed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) through its agent, Andrew John Innocenti, presented documents before the United States District Court of California yesterday, with fresh evidence indicting Hushpuppi of committing fraud and money laundering in the U.S. Federal correctional facility.
According to viral reports, it claimed that through the court documents, Hushpuppi defrauded his victim through Economic Impact Payments debit cards fraudulently obtained from stolen data of U.S citizens and residents.
“The U.S Attorney’s office in Los Angeles which filed the case against Mr. Abbas, has not filed any such document.
“We have checked with the FBI Agent who supposedly authored the document and he confirms it is fake.”
Similarly, a cybercrime expert and Director of Research in Computer Forensics at the University of Alabama, Gary Warner, explained that the document was an edited version of a June 2020 affidavit.
He wrote, “People are asking me if it is true that #Hushpuppi laundered $400,000 in #Stimulus cards from in prison.
“The document they show is an edit of a June 2020 Affidavit. The new version is fake, intended to get people to visit a scammer EIP website.”