Hushpuppi Linked To Conspiracy In North Korea

Another Cybercrime Fraud Worth Millions Of Dollars

By  | Feb 20, 2021, 03:44 PM  | Hushpuppi  | Top of The

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Instagram Influencer Hushpuppi has been linked to a conspiracy to launder millions of dollars for North Korean Hackers indicted in a chain of global cyberfraud. 

The US Department of Justice revealed this in the latest report.
Hushpuppi has been charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering before a US court.


He was arrested in June 2020 in Dubai, alongside 11 others, and another lifestyle influencer, Olalekan Ponle Woodberry for alleged crimes committed outside the UAE, including money laundering, cyber fraud, hacking, impersonation, scamming individuals, banking fraud and identity theft worth Dh1.6 billion (an estimated N168 billion).

Woodberry was released, as the case against him was dismissed without prejudice but Hushpuppi was extradited to the US, following cyber fraud and money laundering activities that were traced to him. He was billed to commence trial in October 2020, but it was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.
 
According to the US Department of Justice, 
‘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,” the US department said.

“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. 

In relation to the case filed in Los Angeles, Alaumary has agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

“With respect to 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. Last summer, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles charged Abbas in a separate case alleging that he conspired to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from BEC frauds and other scams.”

Before his arrest, Hushpuppi was a lifestyle influencer, attending exclusive events for designers like Gucci, Fendi, LV, Versace. His last post was on the 6th of June 2020, since then he has been in the custody of international law enforcement agencies.

Since the news broke, he has been on the trends table as a topic for wealth, appearances and ill-gotten wealth.
 
A tweep tweeted:
You see this life bah, don't let social media make you feel less of yourself.
"Hushpuppi" had the flamboyant lifestyle a lot of people wanted, but then would a lot of people still want a long long time in jail like he got? Question of the day? 

Leo Da Silva tweeted:
It’s hilarious how you will be laundering money for North Koreans and still be living lavish for the gram. I now see why they did all they can to get him from Dubai. If those charges stick, I will be with grandkids before he gets out.


Hushpuppi was active only on Instagram and had no Twitter or Facebook accounts. The last that was heard of him was that the lawyers he had hired abandoned his case because he was not forthcoming with information. The coming weeks will tell what his fate will be.

One thing is certain though, he won't be wearing Gucci.

Image credit: Instagram



 

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