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Monday, 27 July 2020

Hushpuppi gets another top rated lawyer in California



Ramon Abbas a.k.a Hushpuppi has gotten another lawyer to represent him in California.

Hushpuppi's lawyer, Gal Pissetzky who is only licensed to practice in Chicago will now be supported by Vicki Podberesky of Andrues/Podberesky law firm based in Los Angeles. The law firm specialises in representing individuals in both state and federal criminal matters, as well as companies and individuals in administrative and in-house investigations.

Friday, 24 July 2020

US court reveals why Hushpuppi was denied bail



A United States Court sitting in Illinois, Chicago has given its reason for denying embattled Nigerian socialite, Ramon Abbas a.k.a Hushpuppi bail.

It should be recalled that the Instagram celebrity who was apprehended in Dubai early in June for alleged wire fraud and was extradited to the U.S on July 3, was accused of being part of a network that made “hundreds of millions of dollars” from business email compromise frauds and other scams.

Thursday, 23 July 2020

Hushpuppi not released yet, says US lawyer



Gal Pissetzky, the legal representative of suspected Internet fraudster, Ramon Abass, aka Hushpuppi, has said the suspect is on his way to California, United States of America, for trial.

He told Newsmen on Wednesday night that Hushpuppi had not been released as being speculated in some quarters.

UAE orders Nigerians with expired visas to leave on or before August 17



The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has ordered Nigerians with expired visas to leave the country on or before August 17. This development comes weeks after some Nigerians including Abass Ramon, popularly known as Hushpuppi, were arrested by the Dubai Police for fraud.

In a statement released today July 22, the Nigerian Embassy in Abu Dhabi, UAE, announced that the UAE government has given waivers on fines and penalties to Nigerian nationalities whose visas expired before March 1 and expect the affected Nigerians to leave the UAE on or before August 17.

Saturday, 18 July 2020

The case is just getting better - Hushpuppi's lawyer, Gal Pissetzky reacts



The case is just getting better - Hushpuppi's lawyer, Gal Pissetzky reacts to report that he dumped the alleged fraudster

Gal Pissetzky, a top Chicago lawyer who is representing suspected Internet fraudster, Ramon Abass, aka Hushpuppi, has said that his case is getting better though he was denied bail and transferred to California.

Hushpuppi Dumps Top Chicago Lawyer As Court Transfers His Trial To California



Hushpuppi, a Nigerian Instagram personality, who is facing cyberfraud allegations in the United States, has disengaged Gal Pissetzky, his lawyer in Chicago, after his trial was transferred to California.

The self-acclaimed influencer, whose real name is Ramon Igbalode, had been arraigned in Chicago on money laundering charges following his arrest in Dubai and subsequent extradition to the US.

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Woodberry hires veteran Chicago lawyer, Michael Nash who has over 55 years experience at the bar.



Olalekan Ponle, popularly known as Woodberry, who was arrested alongside Hushpuppi, has hired the services of a top rated Chicago lawyer, Michael Nash, to defend him in court, Premium Times reports

Woodberry, 29, who is currently being held in the United States, was arrested in the United Arab Emirate on June 10 for multiple fraud charges after a raid by operatives of the Dubai crime unit.

Hushpuppi Denied Bail in the USA



Suspected Nigerian fraudster Ramon Abbas a.k.a Hushpuppi has been denied bail in the United States in spite of his lawyer, Gal Pissetzky insisting that his job as an Instagram celebrity paid for the $10,000 monthly rent on his luxury Dubai flat.

His lawyers had applied for him to leave jail with an electronic tag and live with the uncle of a woman with whom he has a child with, but US prosecutors opposed the bail application. UAE's The National reported that prosecutors said he could commit crimes with just a smartphone and an internet connection, and that he posed too much of a flight risk.

Reacting to prosecutors' argument, Pissetzky said his client had too much to lose if he flees from the United States.

He told a judge in Chicago by videolink;

“He is loved and respected. He is a celebrity. I don’t see the reason why he would want to ruin his credibility in the world and his status rather than stay here and face this allegation.

Anywhere he goes, people will know. Having grown up very poor in Nigeria, Mr Abbas is now paid to pose with high-priced items such as Louis Vuitton bags that people would buy after seeing his posts on Instagram. He is an influencer. That’s a job today, as much as it is hard to imagine. That’s a full-time job.”

Judge Jeffrey Gilbert who watched the proceedings from a prison video link, denied Hushpuppi bail on grounds of him being a flight risk. Gilbert ordered that the suspected Nigerian fraudster be remanded in custody until he is taken to a court in California.

Saturday, 11 July 2020

FBI kidnapped my client from Dubai – Hushpuppi’s Lawyer



Gal Pissetzky, lawyer to Nigerian suspected international fraudster, Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, popularly known as Ray Hushpuppi, has said that his client was kidnapped by the FBI from Dubai and taken to the US.

Hushpuppi and another cyber-heist suspect, Olalekan Jacob Ponle, also known as Mr Woodberry were arrested in Dubai, where they lived, in June.

They were later taken to the US where they appeared in a Chicago court on 3 July. The US and UAE have no existing extradition treaty but Dubai police said the two suspected fraudsters were extradited to the US.

The BBC quoted a spokesman for the US Department of Justice as saying that Hushpuppi was expelled from Dubai and was not extradited.

Speaking with the BBC, Hushpuppi’s lawyer Pissetzky, said, “In my opinion, the FBI and the government here acted illegally when they kidnapped him from Dubai without any legal process to do so. “There was no extradition, there were no legal steps taken, there were no court documents filed, it was simply a call to the FBI. He is not a citizen of the United States, the US had absolutely no authority to take him.”

Gal Pissetzky had earlier told Forbes that Hushpuppi, is not a fraudster.

Pissetzky said that the internet celebrity is a legitimate businessman who deals on real estate, according to Forbes.

Thursday, 9 July 2020

Hushpuppi was running a legitimate business and a very legitimate Instagram account - Lawyer, Gal Pissetzky



Gal Pissetzky, lawyer to self-proclaimed ‘Billionaire Gucci Master’ Ramon Abbas a.k.a Hushpuppi has defended him amid allegations of being involved in fraud and money laundering.

Hushpuppi's lawyer who spoke to Forbes, insisted that he is “an entrepreneur” who made his money legitimately through “real estate” and his work “promoting brands” as an “Instagram personality.”

Recall that an FBI affidavit alleges that the suspected Nigerian fraudster “conspired to launder funds stolen in a $14.7 million cyber-heist from a foreign financial institution.” The date and amount mentioned in the affidavit matches that of the attack on Malta’s Bank of Valletta in February 2019.

He was also accused of being involved in a fraudulent scheme which defrauded a New York-based law firm of approximately $922,800 through a combination of computer hacking and social engineering.

Pissetzky told Forbes that his client was running a legitimate business and a very legitimate Instagram account, and did not take part in any scam or fraud. He said;

“Absolutely not guilty of [the] charges they are accusing him of. Abbas was running a legitimate business and a very legitimate Instagram account and did not take part in any scam or fraud.” On how Abbas paid for his lifestyle, Pissetzky said; “He's an entrepreneur. He has real estate involvement ... [he's] an Instagram personality. He was promoting brands and that's how he was very legitimately making his money.”

On his relationship with Premier League footballers Tammy Abraham and Ezri Konsa, his lawyer added;

“Mr Abbas is friends with a lot of people. Somebody who has that many followers – obviously he knows and has friends in a lot of places ... it's all legitimate.”

Hushpuppi who is currently being held at MCC Chicago pending a bail hearing, faces a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison. A hearing in Chicago on Monday July 13, will determine if Abbas will be detained pending trial.

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

“Hushpuppi is a genius and an icon” – Nigerian music promoter says as he reveals he will frame Hushpuppi’s photo in his house and tell his children about him



Nigerian music producer and artist manager, Klever Jay Ikell has lauded embattled fraudster, Hushpuppi as he labelled him a genius and an icon who sacrificed himself for generations to come. Ikell, in a post on his Instagram page, said he will tell his children about the alleged fraudster and will frame his photo in his home. Sharing a photo of Hushpuppi, he wrote,

“You are not just a genius , you sacrificed yourself for generations to come in your family, your sister died in Luth because of 3500 Naira hospital bills (typhoid and malaria ) you stood up and clear poverty from your family, who I’m I to judge you, who has seen real poverty will understand hunger and taste for wealth, you are not Pablo but you are ray hushpuppi, I will tell my kids about you. ICON GANGAN. No saint in the world, even J.P. Morgan chase smuggle cocaine, definitely I’m getting your frame in my abode.”

Sunday, 5 July 2020

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, distances self from Hushpuppi



Former Nigerian Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has denied having any affiliation with embattled alleged fraudster, Hushpuppi.

Recently, ruling party, APC released a statement in which it urged the EFCC and other security agencies to investigate the links between Hushpuppi and some PDP chieftains.

The party in its statement stated that Hushpuppi has been photographed with Atiku and some other PDP stalwarts like Bukola Saraki, Dino Melaye, and Yakubu Dogara and so they should be investigated to determine if they have any link with the socialite. Reacting to the statement by the ruling party, Paul Ibe, media aide to the former Vice President, said the photo of Atiku and Hushpuppi making the rounds was a mere photo-op and not at any meeting as is being speculated. Read the statement from Ibe below,

It is curious that the All Progressives Congress is mischievously trying to link Atiku Abubakar to the alleged fraudster, Ramon Abbas, AKA Hushpuppi, simply because he was photographed with Atiku at an event where many Nigerians had gathered.

For the avoidance of doubt, it was a mere photo-op and not at any meeting as being ingloriously speculated. We would advise the APC and Mr. Nabena to be very mindful of such senseless statements in the future especially as the case under reference is a subject of litigation in another country.

Had they been more sensitive, they would have come to terms with the reality that the case is a national embarrassment – not something to cheer about for any political blackmail.”


Saturday, 4 July 2020

Bukola Saraki distances himself from Hushpuppi



Bukola Saraki distances himself from Hushpuppi following APC's call for an investigation into his alleged link with the suspected fraudster

Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has distanced himself from Hushpuppi after the ruling All Progressives Congress APC called for an investigation into his alleged links with the suspected fraudster who was recently arrested in the United Arab Emirates and extradited to the United States.

APC in a statement released by its National Publicity Secretary Yekini Nabena today July 4, called on the relevant security agencies to investigate the links Hushpuppi had with some PDP stalwarts.

The party said the investigation is necessary considering the fact that many of PDP chieftains had several meetings in Dubai ahead of the 2019 general elections.

The statement read in part;

''That the PDP leadership turned Dubai into their “Strategic” meeting place ahead of the 2019 general elections in Nigeria and “Hushpuppi’s” affinity with the PDP leadership is not mere coincidence.

At different times, “Hushpuppi” was been photographed in Dubai meeting with the PDP’s 2019 presidential candidate, Alh. Atiku Abubakar; former Senate President, Bukola Saraki; former Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; Senator Dino Melaye among other PDP stalwarts.

While relevant authorities investigate the nature of their relationship and business partnership, we also challenge the PDP leadership to do same by opening up on the nature of the relationship, particularly the kind of services the arrested “Hushpuppi” provided them.'' APC's statement read

In a swift reaction, Saraki in a statement released by his media aide, Yusuph Olaniyonu, described as irresponsible and cheap politics the statement from APC in which it tried to link him with Hushpuppi.

Saraki in the statement said he has no form of association with the said suspect, Ramon Abbas otherwise known as Hushpuppi and neither does he know him in any way.

“The statement credited to the APC, the ruling party in our country, is one of the ways by which our anti-graft agencies are weakened and why the fight against corruption in the country is often viewed with 

suspicion by the international community. This is because when these cyber-crime suspects were operating freely and openly displaying wealth, the APC saw nothing bad in their activities. Also, the party at that time did not deem it necessary to call on the anti-graft agencies to investigate their activities.

Also, since the arrest of those cyber crime suspects and the subsequent damage to the image and the economy of Nigeria as well as the crisis it created for Nigerians engaged in lawful businesses across the world, the ruling party had been muted. The only time the APC deemed it necessary to make a statement was when it thought it should play dirty, cheap and irresponsible politics.

Dr. Saraki was the only political leader who has publicly made a statement through an Op-Ed article published in the Daily Trust newspaper of July 1, 2020 titled “Cyber Criminals: Confronting The Few Who Dent Many” and this opinion article had been widely circulated online and on other platforms. In that article, he strongly condemned the activities of these cyber criminals and called on the law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders to make decisive interventions to checkmate their activities. He has also got a research institution, the Politeia Institute, whose board he chairs to commence a research on the best ways to tackle the menace.

Such a noble intervention in tackling a menace is what Dr. Saraki believes in, not mudslinging and playing politics at the expense of the nation’s image. At this point, we call on the APC leadership to rein in the so-called Yekini Nabena and compel him to desist from making and circulating such malicious, odious and offensive claims”, the statement concluded.

Friday, 3 July 2020

US Federal prosecutors officially charge Hushpuppi for fraud. Faces 20 years in US prison



Ramon Olorunwa Abbas a.k.a. “Ray Hushpuppi” now faces a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in a US federal prison after being extradited from Dubai to the United States.
In a statement released by the US Department of Justice, the suspected Nigerian fraudster was accused of conspiring to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from business email compromise (BEC) frauds and other scams, including schemes targeting a U.S. law firm, a foreign bank and an English Premier League soccer club.
Hushpuppi made his initial U.S. court appearance this morning in Chicago, and he is expected to be transferred to Los Angeles in coming weeks.
Federal prosecutors who filed a criminal complaint filed on June 25, alleged that the suspected Nigerian fraudster is "one of the leaders of a transnational network that facilitates computer intrusions, fraudulent schemes (including BEC schemes), and money laundering, targeting victims around the world in schemes designed to steal hundreds of millions of dollars".

It was also alleged that Hushpuppi finances his opulent lifestyle of designer clothes, wearing expensive watches, posing in or with luxury cars and charter jets through crime.

The statement partly read;

"BEC schemes as often involving a computer hacker gaining unauthorized access to a business’ email account, blocking or redirecting communications to and/or from that email account, and then using the compromised email account or a separate fraudulent email account to communicate with personnel from a victim company and to attempt to trick them into making an unauthorized wire transfer.

“BEC schemes are one of the most difficult cybercrimes we encounter as they typically involve a coordinated group of con artists scattered around the world who have experience with computer hacking and exploiting the international financial system,” said United States Attorney Nick Hanna. “This case targets a key player in a large, transnational conspiracy who was living an opulent lifestyle in another country while allegedly providing safe havens for stolen money around the world. As this case demonstrates, my office will continue to hold such criminals accountable, no matter where they live.

“In 2019 alone, the FBI recorded $1.7 billion in losses by companies and individuals victimized through business email compromise scams, the type of scheme Mr. Abbas is charged with conducting from abroad.

"Technology has essentially erased geographic boundaries leaving trans-national criminal syndicates to believe that they are beyond the reach of law enforcement. The success in this case was the direct result of our trusted partnerships between the Department of Justice and our federal law enforcement colleagues. These partnerships helped dismantle a sophisticated organized crime group who preyed upon unsuspecting businesses. It is thanks to these partnerships that the American people can feel a bit more secure today.”
Hushpuppi and his suspected co-conspirators were accused of spearheading a BEC scheme that defrauded a client of a New York-based law firm out of approximately $922,857 in October 2019. Abbas and co-conspirators allegedly tricked one of the law firm’s paralegals into wiring money intended for the client’s real estate refinancing to a bank account that was controlled by them.

He was also accused of conspiring to launder funds stolen in a $14.7 million cyber-heist from a foreign financial institution in February 2019, in which the stolen money was sent to bank accounts around the world. Abbas allegedly provided a co-conspirator with two bank accounts in Europe which he expected to receive €5 million (about $5.6 million) in each.
The suspected Nigerian fraudster also allegedly 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, the complaint alleges.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Anil J. Antony and Joseph B. Woodring of the Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes Section. If convicted of conspiracy to engage in money laundering, Abbas would face a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison.

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Hushpuppi and Mr. Woodberry extradited to the United States



Suspected Nigerian fraudsters, Ramon Igbalode Abbas a.k.a Hushpuppi and Olalekan Jacon Ponle a.k.a Mr Woodberry have been extradited to the United States.

This was confirmed in a post shared on the official page of the Dubai Police. FBI’s Director, Christopher Wray thanked the Dubai Police for their cooperation in extraditing the Nigerian suspects who were accused of committing multiple money-laundering and cyber crimes. The Instagram post read;

The Director of the Federatal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Christopher Wray has praised the exceptional efforts exerted by the United Arab Emirate, represented bu the Dubai Police General HQ, in combating transnational organised cybercrime including the recent arrest of Raymod Igbalode Abbas, known as “Hushpuppi” and Olalekan Jacon Ponle aka “Woodberry” 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.

Hushpuppi : Group Wants FBI, Interpol To Question Top Politicians Over Links To Alleged Fraudste



The National Coalition of Democrats (NCD) has called on the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and International Police to investigate top politicians and other stalwart of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over possible links to arrested suspected fraudster, Raymond Igbalode, popularly known as Hushpuppi.

Renowned for his flamboyant lifestyle, Hushpuppi and 12 others were nabbed in Dubai by Interpol on June 10 over multiple cybercrimes and money laundering to the tune of 150 million dirhams (N168 billion).

In a statement signed by its Spokesman, Garuba Nuhu, on Wednesday, the National Coalition of Democrats reasoned that there could be more to this act, especially with Hushpuppi’s known relationship with some PDP members, as seen in pictures and videos on social media.

According to the group, Hushpuppi might have actually worked discreetly with the opposition party in buildup to the 2019 general elections.

The group, therefore, called on the FBI and Interpol to investigate politicians who may have been first-line beneficiaries of the fraud committed by Hushpuppi.

It added that Hushpuppi could have likely “assisted these individuals to launder funds through his network because the level of fraternity between Hushpuppi and these individuals points to that direction”

Monday, 29 June 2020

“I usually give people more chances than they deserve but once I’m done, I’m done” – Mompha



Mompha leaves cryptic post after deleting all his Instagram posts

Popular Nigerian socialite, Mompha deleted all of his Instagram posts recently and left one just one which contains a cryptic message.

The Instagram celeb removed all of his Instagram posts —which features his extravagant day-to-day lifestyle with expensive cars, clothes and all— days after the Dubai police released a video detailing Dubai-based Nigerian big boy, Hushpuppi’s arrest. According to the Dubai police, Hushpuppi had been in their for months prior to his arrest on the 9th of June, 2020. Mompha who is currently being tried by the EFCC for N32 billion fraud, left a cryptic post on his IG page which reads, “I usually give people more chances than they deserve but once I’m done, I’m done.”


Friday, 26 June 2020

Hushpuppi: Actor Akah Nnani writes DaddyFreeze, accuses him of twisting the scriptures to suit his "selfish and carnal" purposes



Actor, Akah Nnani, has accused OAP and leader of the Free the Sheeple movement, Daddy Freeze, of twisting the scriptures just to suit his ''selfish and carnal'' purposes.
Akah said this in an open letter he wrote to the OAP after he saw Daddy Freeze's reaction to the backlash that trailed a video of him dining with suspected fraudster, Hushpuppi.
Daddy Freeze has been trending since yesterday after the Dubai police shared a video of Hushpuppi's arrest and all the financial crimes he allegedly committed. Nigerians took to social media to bash Daddy Freeze who is popular for attacking pastors for collecting tithes and offerings from their members. They accuse him of being a hypocrite for dining with a suspected fraudster and even mocking Nigerians who do not earn as much as Hushpuppi's domestic staff.
Freeze however defended himself by quoting Mark 2:15 where Jesus dined with "sinners". He added that Nigerians are funny people and he is glad that he is not accountable to anyone except his master. The media personality went on to block social media users who were trolling him and also said "he will say what will make them drink sniper". On being a hypocrite, he stated that he uses the scripture to point fingers at Nigerian Pastors while they can't do the same to him.
Reacting to Daddy Freeze's position, Akah in his open letter, said he is ''tired of Freeze manipulating the scriptures to suit his selfish and carnal purpose.'' 










Hushpuppi told me he is an influencer and he never did anything suspicious around me - Daddy Freeze



Daddy Freeze fires back at critics again
Daddy Freeze has fired back at his critics again, after they took to social media to call him out for dining with Hushpuppi after calling out Pastors.
In the new video he shared, Daddy Freeze recalled how he met the arrested suspected fraudster and how he told him that he's an influencer. He further revealed that Hushpuppi never did anything suspicious when they met as he got calls from international fashion brands during their meeting.
The media personality who insisted that he won't discriminate as Jesus never did the same, added that he would never have hung out with Hushpuppi if he was a known criminal. He also recounted how Hushpuppi never discriminated against him even after his (Daddy Freeze) friends turned against him and unfollowed him on social media platforms after he began speaking up against Pastors.
On mocking Nigerians making an honest living while dining with Hushpuppi, Daddy Freeze stated that his jokes come off that way. He added that it was meant for haters and internet trolls, and not for those making an honest income.

Abike Dabiri slams Hushpuppi after arrest in Dubai



The Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa has slammed Hushpuppi after his arrest on Dubai.

Dubai Police yesterday confirmed that they recently arrested Raymond Igbalode Abbas, also known as “Hushpuppi” and Olalekan Jacob Ponle aka “Woodberry” along with 10 African cybercriminals in a special operation dubbed “Fox Hunt 2”. Lt. General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, the Commander-in-chief of Dubai Police, said the arrest of ‘Hushpuppi’, ‘Woodberry’ and ten gang members involved in money laundry and cyber fraud activities, is another achievement added to the proud record of Dubai police in ensuring the emirate’s security and safety as well as preserving people’s money and property. The director of Dubai CID 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 Dhs150 million ($40.9 million) in cash, 13 luxury cars with an estimated value of Dhs25 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.

Taking to Twitter to react to the arrest, Abike Dabiri, slammed Hushpuppi for committing crime and having the audacity to show off on social media.

She also went further to state that fraud does not represent Nigerians. See what she wrote below; “Committing crime and still having the audacity to show off. Ramoni Igbalode aka Hushpuppi . This is really denting to our image as a people , but like I always say ,fraud does not represent who we are as Nigerians . Hardworking . dedicated, committed.

Whether your name is Ramoni Igbalode Or Invictus Obi , Crime is crime .The law must take its full course !! ITo those countries , another Nigerian arrested , is what they will say . We will always call out those who soil our image and celebrate the millions making us proud.”
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