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Hushpuppi bags 135 months in jail. Ordered to pay $1.7m restitution

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Ramon Abbas Olorunwa, also known as Hushpuppi, a popular Instagram user, was finally given an 11 years and three months federal prison sentence by a United States District Court for the Central District of California for conspiring to launder tens of millions of dollars from online scams.

United States District Judge Otis D. Wright II sentenced Hushpuppi on Monday and mandated that he pay $1,732,841 in restitution to two fraud victims. Recall that Hushpuppi pleaded guilty to money laundering in April 2021. 

He was detained by the federal government after being expelled from the United Arab Emirates when he was apprehended in Dubai in June 2020.

According to court records in California, he acknowledged to trying to steal more than $1.1 million from someone who wished to build a new children's school in Qatar. 

According to a statement from the then-acting US Attorney Tracy Wilkinson on the website of the US justice department, the fraudster deceived his victim into giving money to the school "by playing the roles of bank officials and building a phony website".

The US justice department claimed Abbas also acknowledged to "a number of other cyber and commercial email compromise operations that collectively cost more than $24 million in losses."

Abbas boasted on social media about his opulent lifestyle, which was paid for by his participation in international fraud and money laundering schemes that targeted victims all over the world, according to US Attorney Martin Estrada.



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