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HUSHPUPPI FACES 20 YEARS IN JAIL

HUSHPUPPI FACES 20 YEARS IN JAIL

Ray Hushpuppi who has been extradited to the USA now faces a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in a US federal prison for massive fraud.

Hushpuppi made his initial U.S. court appearance in Chicago, and he is expected to be transferred to Los Angeles in the coming weeks.

In a statement released by the US Department of Justice, the suspected Nigerian fraudster was accused of conspiring to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from business email compromise (BEC) frauds and other scams, including schemes targeting a U.S. law firm, a foreign bank and an English Premier League soccer club.

“BEC schemes as often involving a computer hacker gaining unauthorized access to a business’ email account, blocking or redirecting communications to and/or from that email account, and then using the compromised email account or a separate fraudulent email account to communicate with personnel from a victim company and to attempt to trick them into making an unauthorized wire transfer.

“BEC schemes are one of the most difficult cybercrimes we encounter as they typically involve a coordinated group of con artists scattered around the world who have experience with computer hacking and exploiting the international financial system,” said United States Attorney Nick Hanna.

“This case targets a key player in a large, transnational conspiracy who was living an opulent lifestyle in another country while allegedly providing safe havens for stolen money around the world.

As this case demonstrates, my office will continue to hold such criminals accountable, no matter where they live.

“In 2019 alone, the FBI recorded $1.7 billion in losses by companies and individuals victimized through business email compromise scams, the type of scheme Mr. Abbas is charged with conducting from abroad.

“Technology has essentially erased geographic boundaries leaving trans-national criminal syndicates to believe that they are beyond the reach of law enforcement. The success, in this case, was the direct result of our trusted partnerships between the Department of Justice and our federal law enforcement colleagues.

These partnerships helped dismantle a sophisticated organized crime group that preyed upon unsuspecting businesses. It is thanks to these partnerships that the American people can feel a bit more secure today.”

The suspected Nigerian fraudster also allegedly conspired to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from other fraudulent schemes and computer intrusions, including one scheme to steal £100 million (approximately $124 million) from an English Premier League soccer club.

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