Ask yourself this …
What does a Nigerian social media bandit with over 2.5 million followers on Instagram do to stay popping in these streets?
Invest in crypto-currency? Nah. Dance off with Omarion on a TikTok-inspired video? Hmmm… nope.
Help the North Korean government steal over $1.3 billion from banks and companies all around the world? Ding … Ding… Ding…
Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, also known as Ray Hushpuppi, was under investigation for helping three North Korean hackers siphon big moolah from various businesses internationally, according to the Justice Department.
Allegedly, he started the thievery in early 2019 (around February).
Assistant Attorney General John Demers of the Justice Department’s National Security Division said in a statement last week, “North Korea’s operatives, using keyboards rather than guns, stealing digital wallets of cryptocurrency instead of sacks of cash, are the world’s leading bank robbers.”
The 37-year-old was working with a Canadian man named, Ghaleb Alaumary to launder millions in Pakistan, India, and the United States by using ATMs and banks.
The Feds wrote in a statement just how deep all of this goes between the two, “Federal prosecutors today also unsealed a charge against Ghaleb Alaumary, 37, of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, for his role as a money launderer for the North Korean conspiracy, among other criminal schemes.
Alaumary agreed to plead guilty to the charge, which was filed in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Nov. 17, 2020. Alaumary was a prolific money launderer for hackers engaged in ATM cash-out schemes, cyber-enabled bank heists, business email compromise (BEC) schemes, and other online fraud schemes.
Alaumary is also being prosecuted for his involvement in a separate BEC scheme by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia.
Concerning the North Korean co-conspirators’ activities, Alaumary organized teams of co-conspirators in the United States and Canada to launder millions of dollars obtained through ATM cash-out operations, including from BankIslami and a bank in India in 2018.
Alaumary also conspired with Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, aka “Ray Hushpuppi,” and others to launder funds from a North Korean-perpetrated cyber-enabled heist from a Maltese bank in February 2019.”
But if that wasn’t enough, there are reports that in July he was arrested for some other shady dealings.
“Abbas was arrested last month by UAE law enforcement officials. FBI special agents earlier this week obtained custody of Abbas and brought him to the United States to face a charge of conspiring to engage in money laundering that is alleged in a criminal complaint filed on June 25 by federal prosecutors in Los Angeles.”
According to an affidavit filed with the complaint, Abbas maintains social media accounts that frequently showed him in designer clothes, wearing expensive watches, and posing in or with luxury cars and charter jets.
“The FBI’s investigation has revealed that Abbas finances this opulent lifestyle through crime and that he 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,” according to the affidavit.”
Ray Hushpuppi was charged in Los Angeles for these crimes (including schemes targeting a US law firm, a foreign bank, and an English Premier League soccer club), and brought from his residence in Dubai to face the fire.
Up until his arrest, homie was lit on the gram, showing off all his fancy cars, designer clothes, jet trips, and escapades.
He even was spotted with Blac Chyna on Valentine’s Day in 2020 in Dubai. No surprise, the vixen was trending as Nigerians blamed her for his demise (and not the shady people he was stealing money with).
Bruh… some of them even quoted the bible.
COVID-19 did not stop his criminal enterprise at all. It didn’t stop the U.S. and North Korea from nabbing this IG super flosser either.