Dubai Police have handed over Nigerian scamster, Hushpuppi and Woodberry to the United States.
Recall that Igbalode Abass (Hushpuppi) and Olalekan Ponle (Woodberry) were arrested alongside their ring of fraudsters in Dubai.
They are now being prosecuted for multiple fraud charges, having found to have swindled almost two million people, and have made more than 1.6bn Dirhams.
“Director of FBI expressed his thanks for the exceptional efforts (of Dubai Police) in fighting organised cyber crimes and arresting Hushpuppi and Woodbery,” Dubai Police said in the statement.
According to Dubai Police, Hushpuppi and Woodbery, wanted for a series of crimes like money-laundering, fraud, hacking of websites and accounts, impersonation, banking fraud etc.
Hushpuppi and Woodbery were arrested with 10 other suspects on allegations of fraud, involving huge money.
“They were designing and mimicking company and bank websites to steal credit card data and illegally obtain victims’ money before laundering the cash,” said Brigadier Jamal Al Jallaf Director of Criminal Investigation Department at Dubai Police.
The alleged fraudsters were cracked down in an operation tagged “Fox Hunt 2” by the Dubai Police.
During the arrest, police found a huge amount of data on individuals, companies, bank accounts, credit cards as well as documents of money laundering, online fraud and hacking accounts of victims outside the UAE.
“The forged documents pertained to online fraud outside the country. The fraud was worth more than Dh1.6 billion. We seized more than Dh150 million in cash from them and confiscated 13 luxury cars worth Dh25 million,” Brig Al Jallaf said.
Police have since confiscated 21 computers, 47 smartphones, 15 memory cards, five hard disks containing 119,580 fraud files as well as addresses of nearly two million victims.