£100 million Instagram influencer theft: US prison

A California judge sentenced Ramon Abbas, also known to his followers as Ray Hushpuppi, to 135 months in prison and mandated that he reimburse two fraud victims more than $1.7 million (£1.5 million).

After being dramatically apprehended by Dubai police during a raid on his residence known as Operation Fox Hunt 2, the Nigerian native was brought to the US to face charges more than two years ago.

In April 2021, Abbas admitted guilt to one count of conspiring to launder money after using online phishing to defraud victims from around the world and the United States.

One of the most active money launderers in the world, according to Don Alway, assistant director in charge of the FBI's Los Angeles field office, the 40-year-old online celebrity.

In order to "brag about the tremendous money he obtained by committing business email compromise frauds, 

 online bank heists, and other cyber-enabled theft," he exploited his "substantial following" of roughly 2.8 million followers on Instagram.

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