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How FBI tracked Hushpuppi with digital imprints, Google history

More details have emerged regarding the ongoing prosecution of suspected fraudster, Ramon Abbas also known as Hushpuppi.

According to court documents, the Google account of Hushpuppi was one of the things that made it easy for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to track him.

Reported that Hushpuppi was arrested in Dubai in June; but later extradited to the US following a series of criminal activities allegedly traced to him.

The internet celebrity has also been charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering before a US court.

In a document signed by Andrew Innocenti, a special agent of the FBI, three people — Abbas; co-conspirator 1; as well as co-conspirator 2 — were accused of participating in fraudulent schemes; involving hundreds of millions of dollars.

Innocenti further revealed that an FBI analysis of the iPhone and online account belonging to co-conspirator 1 showed that messages were exchanged with Hushpuppi, requesting accounts into which funds realised from the money laundering schemes could be sent to.

“Based on records from Instagram received in June 2020, the Instagram account was subscribed with the name “RAY,” the email address, rayhushpuppi@gmail.com, and the verified phone number +971502818689 (“Phone Number 2”),” the document reads.

“The Instagram account was created on October 10, 2012, and recent account history from 2020 showed logins from Internet Protocol (“IP”) addresses located in the U.A.E.2 (ABBAS lives in the U.A.E., based on information from his email and social media accounts; financial records; and internet research.

“Based on subscriber records from Snap Inc., the Snapchat account “Hushpuppi5” used the phone number +971565505984 (“Phone Number 3”) and the email address rayhushpuppi@gmail.com (i.e., the same email as the Instagram account).

“The Snapchat account used the display name “The Billionaire Gucci Master!!!,” which was the same Snapchat contact name saved in Coconspirator 1’s phone for the Snapchat account “Hushpuppi5.”

Furthermore, the court documents revealed  details of records from Apple Inc.; as well as his Gmail account, which showed invoices; tenancy contract; flight itinerary; Dubai visa; as well as a Nigerian passport, among other documents all directly linked to Abbas.

Details of a conversation between the suspects were also revealed.

“On February 12, 2019, Co-conspirator 1 told ABBAS: “Wire is completed… We did it [500k euros]… Should be on ur side by now.”

In the conversation that followed, Co-conspirator 1 reportedly told Abbas that there was only one wire to the account in Romania. “Sender name : tipico group limited. Country : [Foreign Financial Institution Country] Amount :
500k euro…

“It’s there now my other crew confirmed it’s there as well.”

The criminal complaint filed against Abbas is published in full here.

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