DUBAI POLICE HAND OVER HUSHPUPPI TO FBI
The Dubai Police Force has handed over Nigerian Instagram celebrity, Raymond Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi, to the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI.
Olalekan Ponle, aka Woodberry, was also extradited alongside the Instagram celebrity fraudster.
According to the statement released by the Dubai Police, on Thursday, June 2, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Christopher Wray praised the exceptional efforts exerted by the Dubai Police General Head Quarters, in combating transnational organized cybercrime including the recent arrest of the fraudsters 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.
Recall, the Dubai Police, on June 10, arrested the two wanted fraudsters, alongside African cybercriminals in a special operation dubbed "Fox Hunt 2".
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 synchronized 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 Director of Dubai CID, Brigadier Jamal Salem Al Jallaf said the raid resulted in confiscating incriminating documents of a planned fraud on a global scale worth AED 1.6 billion ($ 435 million).
"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 said.
After conducting further investigations and analyzing 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.