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Hushpuppi, Woodberry arrive US, to face questioning over alleged fraud

by news desk

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has extradited Raymond Igbalode Abbas, known as ‘Hushpuppi’ and Olalekan Jacob Ponle aka “Woodberry”, to the United States for trial over alleged money-laundering and multiple cybercrimes.

Hushpuppi, Woodberry’, and ten others were arrested by Dubai Police during an operation tagged ‘Fox Hunt 2’, for allegedly committing crimes outside the UAE including money-laundering, cyber fraud, hacking, criminal impersonating, scamming individuals, banking fraud and identity theft.

In a statement by US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) on Thursday, the suspects, who gained fame on social media for his outlandish display of wealth, have arrived the country and were expected to face trial for their actions.

FBI in a letter by its Director, Christopher Wray, to the Dubai police which he commended the law enforcement agency for arresting and extraditing Hushpuppi and Woodberry, described the action of both suspects as transnational organised cybercrime.

Recently, the Dubai Police has arrested the two wanted fraudsters, “Hushpuppi” and “Woodberry” along with ten African cybercriminals in a special operation dubbed “Fox Hunt 2”.

The agency stated that the suspects were arrested during a special operation dubbed “Fox Hunt 2” after they 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.

Earlier, the director of Dubai CID, Brigadier Jamal Salem Al Jallaf, disclosed that after the raid, several incriminating documents of a planned fraud on a global scale worth $ 435 million were confiscated.

“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 added.

After conducting further investigations and analysing 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.

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