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Days after his arrest, the Dubai Police, on Thursday, released a video giving more information on the circumstance leading to the arrest of Nigerian Instagram celebrity, Raymond Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi, who is known to display his luxurious lifestyle on social media to the delight of his two million followers.

According to the United Arab Emirates police in the video detailing how they arrested Hushpuppi and his gangs over allegations bordering on internet scam, the syndicate had targeted a total of 1,926,400 victims over several months.

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The police further revealed that they have confiscated N16bn cash, 13 luxury cars and 47 smartphones from Hushpuppi and his gang whose mode of operation was to create websites that looked identical to that of registered established companies and banks to defraud people.

It was alleged that the13 luxury cars confiscated from him are estimated to be worth over N2.6bn while Hushpuppi is known to pose as a real estate investor and businessman to create a false impression.

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The police revealed further that the operation dubbed Fox Hunt 2 following the earlier busting of an African cybercrime gang running a similar scam in February 2019 where $8.7m was stolen from victims, uncovered the email addresses of 800,000 potential victims.

They added that the gang could have scammed as much as Dh1.6 billion from victims.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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Hushpuppi: What has happened to him in America so far

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A suspected Nigerian internet fraudster, Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi, is spending his fifth day at the Metropolitan Correction Centre in Chicago.

Mr Abbas, 37, who was resident in Dubai, was known for living an extravagant lifestyle and flaunting it on social media.

He was arrested recently in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and extradited to the U.S on July 3.

He made his first appearance in a U.S court, Friday morning, in Chicago, according to a press release from the U.S Department of Justice.

Below is a diary of what has transpired in court so far as obtained by PREMIUM TIMES

03/07/20: Hushpuppi had his initial court appearance and removal proceedings before Honourable Judge Jeffrey T. Gilbert.
He appeared in response to his arrest and deportation from Dubai, the United Arab Emirates on July 2. By agreement and consent of all the parties and pursuant to the CARES Act, all parties appear by telephone conference.

During the proceeding, Hushpuppi was informed of his rights, the nature of the charges and the maximum penalties. Santino Coleman of the Federal Defender Panel was assigned as counsel for him for these initial appearance and removal proceedings. Hushpuppi waived an identity hearing.

The Court finds that Hushpuppi is the person named in the arrest warrant issued in the Central District of California. The defendant was informed of his rights under Rule 20 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. The Government orally moved for removal in custody based on 18 U.S.C. § 3142(f) (2)(A).

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In accordance with 18 U.S.C. § 3142(f)(2)(A), a continued removal and detention hearing was set for July 8 at 11:00 a.m. via telephone conference. The court’s call-in number and access code were provided.

03/07/2020: RULE 5(c)(3) Affidavit in Removal Proceedings concerning Hushpuppi was signed by Judge Honorable Jeffrey T. Gilbert.

03/07/2020: As provided by 18 U.S.C. § 3142(f), the defendant (Hushpuppi) was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal. It was ordered that the defendant shall remain confined in the Metropolitan Correction Centre or an alternative facility designated by the U.S. Marshal, but held separate, to the extent practicable, from persons awaiting or serving sentences or being held in custody pending appeal. It was further ordered that the defendant shall be afforded a reasonable opportunity for private consultation with his counsel while in custody. The court requested that during this time, Hushpuppi be given access to a telephone to speak with his lawyer and family in Chicago to prepare for the hearing.

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06/07/2020: Attorney appearance for the defendant was filed by Gal Pissetzky of the Pissetzky & Berliner law firm based in Chicago.

07/07/2020: At Hushpuppi”s request, and without objection from the U.S. Government, the continued telephonic removal proceeding set for July 8 was suspended and rescheduled for July 13.

Hushpuppi remained detained at the Metropolitan Correction Centre in Chicago.

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Authorities say he would be transferred to Los Angeles in the coming days.

An affidavit, alongside a criminal complaint filed in court by the U.S. authorities alleges that Mr Abbas and others used the internet to steal millions of dollars from people and companies.

The American government said Mr Abbas funded his extravagant lifestyle with stolen money.

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“I pray to have a son like Hushpuppi” Nigerian lady says as she showers praises on Hushpuppi

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A Nigerian lady has gone viral on Facebook after she shared photos of Hushpuppi and showered praises on him.

 

The comedian named Ada Jesus, shared photos of Raymond Olorunwa Abbas, better known as Hushpuppi, who was arrested in Dubai for alleged fraud and extradited to the US where he is currently being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, Chicago.

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She captioned the photos: “I pray to have a son like u, and in my next life u will my husband. Wisdom man, may God be with u brother.. Nobody holy pass.”

 

"I pray to have a son like Hushpuppi" Nigerian lady says as she showers praises on Hushpuppi

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