An agent, who claims to be working under the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the national government of the United States, has alleged that Instagram socialite, Hushpuppi, received fresh charges as US prosecutors submitted court documents showing that he committed fraud and laundered over $400,000 while in prison.
The documents which were presented before the United States District Court of California showed fresh evidence indicting HushPuppi of committing fraud and money laundering in the U.S Federal correctional facility.
The court documents stated that Hushpuppi, while in U.S Federal correctional facility, participated in the purchase and laundering of Economic Impact Payment (EIP) debit cards fraudulently obtained from stolen data of U.S citizens and residents.
Economic Impact Payments are financial support offered by the US government to U.S residents, according to the CARES Act. One of the ways eligible US residents receive their Economic Impact Payments is by debit cards.
From the documents presented in court, it was found that hackers use data of U.S residents to file and obtain Economic Impact Payments debit cards. They sell off these EIP cards in underground marketplaces to other cybercriminals.
United States authorities noted that prisoners have limited access to a telephone, video, internet, and computer, because of their right to privacy, in a court filing. Like the rest of the detainees, Hushpuppi was granted access to the computer network as well. However, between January 28 and March 4, 2022, security authorities at a federal prison in the United States noticed that Hushpuppi was using the internet more often.
A dedicated system was set up for him and his activities were recorded for 7 days. It was found that Hushpuppi was actively buying EIP debit cards from an underground cybercriminal marketplace called StimulusCard. While being recorded, Hushpuppi bought a total of 58 EIP debit cards with a total value of $429,800 on the site and laundered the money through one AJ.
Below are the charges leveled against Hushpuppi
Hushpuppi’s Biography and Conviction
Hushpuppi was born on October 11, 1982. The 38-year-old former Nigerian ‘big boy’ was born and raised in Lagos State, Nigeria. He had his secondary school education at Government College, Ikorodu, Lagos State. Hushpuppi an Instagram sensation, became more famous when the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), released detailed documents explaining how ‘Supercop’, Abba Kyari was working for him.
According to the documents released by the FBI at that time, it was reported that while the investigation was going on, it was discovered that DCP Abba Kyari had a relationship with Hushpuppi which went on till the latter was arrested. The documents revealed that while the investigation was going on, Hushpuppi reportedly took Kyari on an all-expensed paid trip to Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with a presidential treatment from the moment he landed at the airport.