Fact-Check: Did Hushpuppi Commits over $400,000 Fraud While in Prison?

Sometimes last week, there was viral news that international fraudster, Ramon Abbas aka Hushpuppi, committed over $400,000 fraud while in an American prison.

The US Attorney’s Office at the Central District of California has described the reports as false.

The court’s Director of Media Relations, Thom Mrozek, made this known in an email response to an inquiry by The PUNCH.

According to him, the Federal Bureau of Investigation did not file any such allegation against Hushpuppi.

The court official also said the FBI Special Agent, Andrew Innocenti, who was said to have filed the fresh charges against Hushpuppi said he didn’t author such a document.

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“After looking at the document excerpted in recent media accounts, the document appears to have been fabricated.

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, which filed the case against Mr Abbas, has not filed any such document.

“We have checked with the FBI agent who supposedly authored the document, and he confirms it is a fake,”

The Dubai Police in the United Arab Emirates had in June 2020 arrested Hushpuppi and his gang. They were later extradited to the US for prosecution by the FBI.

In a plea agreement document, Hushpuppi subsequently pleaded guilty to various offences bordering on internet scam and money laundering, among others.



Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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