Full Details of ”operation” carried out by Hushpuppi that indicted, Abba Kyari
Internet fraudster, Ramon Abbas aka Hushpuppi, who is currently in the custody of the FBI has been giving details of how he and other members of his syndicate defrauded their victims of millions of dollars.
Below is an article as composed by Channels TV detailing the deal that Hushpuppi was involved in that indicted super cop, Abba Kyari.
In October 2019, a businessperson started looking for an investor who could provide a $15 million loan to build an international school in Qatar.
By November, the businessperson was on a plane to Kenya, to meet a potential facilitator – Abdulrahman Juma, a 28-year-old parading as the ‘Chairman’ and ‘Funding Officer’ of Westload Financial Solutions Limited.
Juma was able to convince the businessperson to sign a contract that mandated the payment of a $225,000 consultancy fee before the loan could be disbursed.
Of course, there was no loan. But the businessperson didn’t know that at the time.
After the businessperson wired a first tranche of $164,450, Juma provided a forged document showing a wire transfer of $15 million from a Barclays Bank account in the United Kingdom to the businessperson’s bank account in Qatar, according to documents from the US Department of Justice seen and reviewed by Channels Television.
When the businessperson reached out to the bank to confirm the funds, there was no $15 million. The businessperson contacted Juma, who said the businessperson had to pay another “payment of release order” to release the funds.
In early December, the businessperson wired another $150,000, hoping that would be the final payment for the release of the $15 million. The businessperson was wrong.
Because the dance had just begun.
On December 7, 2019, Juma reached out to Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi, an Instagram celebrity who took pictures with expensive cars and watches and wrote motivational captions before his July 2020 arrest in Dubai.
Juma and Hushpuppi, apparently, belonged to a global fraud syndicate that has fleeced numerous individuals and organisations of millions of dollars.
In July, Hushpuppi pleaded guilty to multiple counts of money laundering before a US Federal Court and now faces up to 20 years in jail.
The December 2019 conversation, too, revolved around how they could siphon more money off the businessperson seeking a $15 million loan.
Hushpuppi told Juma that he would pretend to be a Bank Director – with the moniker Malik – when communicating with the businessperson. The duo agreed on profit sharing and Hushpuppi created a new Whatsapp account, using an American phone number.
Texting the businessperson, Hushpuppi introduced himself as Malik, “the director of the bank responsible for crediting you the funds” working with “Mr Rahman (Juma) from Kenya.”
Juma and Hushpuppi shared, with each other, screenshots of their messages with the businessperson, as the conversations progressed.
To begin to tempt the businessperson to part with more money, Hushpuppi said there was a need to open a bank account in the United States, to transfer the $15 million loan because Qatar had apparently been sanctioned by the US government.
The initial agreement was that the funds will then be credited from the US account to the businessperson’s bank account in London.
Apparently, Hushpuppi had a ‘white guy’ from America call the businessperson to boost the legitimacy of the scheme. The businessperson “is so happy”, Hushpuppi reported to Juma.
Using the resources at his disposal, Hushpuppi created a fictitious business name statement (carrying the name of the businessperson’s company) in the US. He then used the business name to open a bank account, in the name of the businessperson’s company.
He was also able to generate a ‘Durable Power of Attorney’ form. Fraudulent, of course.
On December 20, Hushpuppi sent the account and online login of the Canoga Park Wells Fargo account to the businessperson, who must have felt, once again, that the loan was palpable.
But when the businessperson sent Hushpuppi the information for a UK bank account where the loan funds should be deposited, the latter balked.
Hushpuppi told the businessperson that it would not work to send funds to a “personal account” in the UK. Instead, the businessperson should open an investor’s account with his own private banking service.
To open the account, Hushpuppi said, the businessperson would have to fund it with a minimum of 250,000 pounds.
At this point, the businessperson started to smell a rat. But the allure of imminent victory was too strong.
On December 23, after some back and forth between Juma and Hushpuppi, (the former apparently wasn’t convinced that it was the right time to ask for more money) the businessperson agreed to open the investor’s account.
Game, set . . . match?
To receive and launder the proceeds of the Qatar operation, Hushpuppi relied on two other individuals living in the United States – Rukayat Fashola and Bolatito Agbabiaka.
He also used part of the loot to purchase a luxury Richard Mille watch and St. Kitts citizenship.
On December 24, Hushpuppi sent the businessperson two bank account details, one belonging to Agbabiaka, and the other to the Richard Mille watchseller.
That same day, the businessperson transferred $330,000 to the accounts and sent Hushpuppi photographs of the wire transfer confirmations.
Now, the businessperson must have been agitated. “Can you please let me know when I can receive the fund as agreed and promised?” The businessperson said in a text to Juma after forwarding the $330,000.
Juma forwarded the businessperson’s messages to Hushpuppi with a note: “I need your advice before I get back.”
Hushpuppi must have smiled. He had another trick up his sleeve.
The money call