Nigerian online celebrity, Raymond Igbalode Abbas, also known as Hushpuppi, alleged to be an Internet fraudster, is currently being extradited to the United States of America, Dubai Police has announced.
Hushpuppi, the police also disclosed, was extradited alongside one Olalekan Jacob Ponle alias ‘Woodberry’.
The suspects were handed over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a statement posted on the official Facebook page of the Dubai police said.
The statement said, “The Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Christopher Wray has praised the exceptional efforts exerted by the United Arab Emirate, represented by the Dubai Police General HQ, in combating transnational organised cybercrime including the recent arrest of Raymond Igbalode Abbas, known as “Hushpuppi” and Olalekan Jacob Ponle aka “Woodberry” who were taken down in operation “Fox Hunt 2”.
“Mr Wray also extended his appreciations to Dubai Police for their cooperation in extraditing the wanted criminals, who committed money-laundering and multiple cybercrimes, to the United States.”
Hushpuppi and 11 of his gang members were recently arrested during a series of police raids in the United Arab Emirates capital.
According to the Dubai police, “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 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.”
The Dubai police said documents recovered from the suspects revealed that they were planning to carry out fraud “on a global scale worth AED 1.6 billion ($ 435 million).”
The director of Dubai CID, Brigadier Jamal Salem Al Jallaf said, “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.”