Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has revealed that Hushpuppi, in one of his many alleged atrocities attempted to dupe a Premier League club of £100million.
Ramos Abass (Ray Hushpuppi) made his first court appearance in the US on Friday. The allegations against him which include his attempt to defraud an EPL club of a huge fortune was contained in an affidavit submitted by FBI special agent, Andre Innocenti. The agent is assigned to the Los Angeles Filed Office High-Tech Organised Crime Squad.
According to the FBI, Hushpuppi and others are facing multiple fraud charges and may bag up to 20 years in jail.
The affidavit read in part, “Abbas and others further conspired to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from other fraudulent schemes and computer intrusions, including one scheme to steal £100 million (approximately $124 million) from an English Premier League soccer club.”
“If convicted of conspiracy to engage in money laundering, Abbas would face a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison,” the FBI said.
The affidavit further alleged that in an organized crime, Hushpuppi and his ring committed a Business Email Comprise scam that defrauded a client of a New York-based law firm out of approximately $922,857 (N350.6m) in October 2019.
The suspect (Hushpuppi) and co-conspirators allegedly tricked one of the law firm’s paralegal officers into wiring money intended for the client’s real estate refinancing to a bank account that was controlled by him and the co-conspirators.
In his series of cybercrime activities, he was also alleged of committing a cyber-heist that saw him conspiring to launder funds, $14.7m (N5.5bn) stolen from a foreign financial institution in February 2019, in which the stolen money was sent to different bank accounts around the world.
Some of the banks used are in Romania and other European countries with some of his alleged criminal ties also linked with St. Kitts and Nevis.