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US Court Jails Hushpuppi, Orders Him To Pay $1.7m To Victims

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On Monday, the United States District Court for the Central District of California sentenced a Nigerian social media influencer, Ramon Abass Olorunwa, also known as Hushpuppi, to 11 years and 3 months in prison for fraud.

Hushpuppi was sentenced by Justice Otis D. Wright II for money laundering conspiracy via several online scams and social media flaunting of a luxurious, crime-funded lifestyle.

According to a court statement, Abbas boasted on social media about his lavish lifestyle, which was funded by his involvement in transnational fraud and money laundering conspiracies targeting victims all over the world.

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“This significant sentence is the result of years’ worth of collaboration among law enforcement in multiple countries and should send a clear warning to international fraudsters that the FBI will seek justice for victims, regardless of whether criminals operate within or outside United States borders.”

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Hushpuppi, who pleaded guilty on July 28, 2021, also named Abba Kyari, a serving Deputy Commissioner of Police, as an accomplice in his $1.1 million scheme.

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The next day, on July 29, 2021, a US Court granted an FBI warrant to arrest Abba Kyari, who was further implicated after his conversation with Hushpuppi was released.

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