Nigerian Instagram star extradited to face U.S. cyber trial
06 Jul 2020

A Nigerian social-media celebrity was extradited to the U.S. from Dubai to face fraud charges.

Ramon Olorunwa Abbas was flown to Chicago on July 2 and appeared in court the following day, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement. Abbas, widely known as “Hushpuppi,” has 2.4 million followers on Instagram, where he regularly posts photographs of himself posing with luxury cars or boarding private jets.

He faces criminal charges “alleging he conspired to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from ‘business email compromise’ (BEC) frauds and other scams,” the DOJ said Friday. In a BEC scheme, a computer hacker gains unauthorized access to a company’s email account and attempts to trick staff into transferring money.

Abbas was arrested last month in Dubai, before being handed over to the FBI, according to the DOJ.

By William Clowes, Bloomberg, 4 July 2020

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Photo (cropped and edited): Isaac King / CC-BY-SA-4.0

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