Hushpuppi reportedly commits $400k fraud from inside US prison, FBI investigations reveal.
Hushpuppi whose real name is Ramon Olorunwa Abbas is currently incarcerated in the US Federal correctional facility in California, USA.
The investigation by the FBI Special Agent Andrew John Innocenti reveals, that Hushpuppi, while at the facility participated in the purchase of Economic Impact Payment (EIP) debit cards, which were fraudulently purchased from compromised data of US citizens.
The EIP debit cards are commonly referred to as “stimulus checks” or “recovery rebates” for the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) aimed at helping reduce the financial burden on citizens and residents across the United States.
The investigation adds that Hushpuppi took advantage of the fact that inmates in correctional facilities across US are allowed access to certain activities including phone calls, video calls, internet, etc.
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They also enjoy constitutional rights to privacy, hence his phone activities and that of others are not tracked except when necessary and a warrant is obtained for this purpose. Between 28th January 2022 and 4th March 2022, security officers at the correctional facility observed Hushpuppi frequent usage of the internet. Since officers were concerned, in lieu of the fact that he is being charged for internet-related crimes.
The investigations also reveal that on 7th March a search warrant on his internet activities was obtained. His internet activities were monitored from this date till 13th March 2022. During this period, Hushpuppi requested internet access daily and spent average of 55 minutes each session.
It was during this period that it came to light he was actively buying the EIP debit cards from a cyber criminal marketplace identified as StimulusCard.com.
On this platform, Hushpuppi, like other criminals uses the virtual option to make orders, receive it instantly, and by extension, make online purchases with the funds received.