Dubai hands over Hushpuppi, accomplice to FBI (See Here)


The Dubai Police, United Arab Emirates, have handed over suspected Internet fraudster, Raymond Abbas, aka Hushpuppi, to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States of America.

Abbas, his friend, Olalekan Ponle, aka Woodberry, and 10 other Africans were arrested during a special operation dubbed, Fox Hunt 2.

They were alleged to have committed fraud amounting to N168bn.

No fewer than 1,926,400 people from different parts of the world were also said to have fallen victims to the suspects.

The Dubai Police also claimed they recovered N16bn cash from the house, where Abbas and his gang were arrested.

Naija442 gathered in a statement on Thursday, the police said the suspects had been extradited to the US.

However, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Christopher Wray, was said to have praised the exceptional efforts exerted by the United Arab Emirates, represented by the Dubai Police General HQ, in combating transnational organised cybercrime.

Moreover, Wray also reportedly appreciated the Dubai Police for their cooperation in extraditing the suspects, who allegedly committed money laundering and multiple cybercrimes against the US.

It was gathered via a statement that, the police arrested the men for committing crimes outside the UAE, including money-laundering, cyber fraud, hacking, criminal impersonating, scam, bank fraud and identity theft.

Information gathered revealed that the suspects were caught in a series of synchronised 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.

Brigadier Jamal Salem Al Jallaf, the Director of Dubai CID, added that the raid resulted in confiscating incriminating documents of a planned fraud on a global scale worth 1.6bn Dirham ($435m).

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

Information gathered through the police statement revealed that after conducting investigations and analysing confiscated electronic devices, Dubai Police investigators uncovered sensitive information mined by the suspects on individuals and abroad companies, including different bank accounts and fake credit cards, documents and files condemning the gangs’ illegal activities.

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