Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi has reportedly been slammed with fresh charges by United States prosecutors.
The embattled Instagram celebrity is charged for committing fresh fraud and laundering of over 400,000 USD while in prison.
According to reports, US prosecutors, on Wednesday, submitted documents before the U.S. District California Court with fresh proof showing that Mr Abbas has committed fraud and money laundering at the American prison (U.S. Federal correctional Facility).
Inside the documents, it was written that Hushpuppi was involved in the purchase and laundering of Economic Impact Payment debit cards secured using the data of American citizens and residents stolen by him.
The prosecutors suggested that Mr Abbas might have taken advantage of the fact that inmates in the American prisons are allowed access to phone calls, video calls, the internet, exempt from being monitored to protect their rights to privacy, because, between January 28 and March 4, 2022, Hushpuppi had gone beyond the allowed internet use as it was observed by the security officers at the correctional facility
Meanwhile, due to the previous internet-based crimes committed by Mr Abbas, a warrant to record his activities was obtained and his activities were recorded for a week.
However, the investigation revealed that Mr Abbas purchased $429,000 worth of $58 EIP debit cards from an underground cybercriminal marketplace named”StimulusCard”
The Economic Impact Payments are financial support offered by the U.S. government to U.S residents according to the CARES Act.
Hushpuppi, after pleading guilty to multimillion-dollar fraud charges was about to be sentenced by U.S. court but his ruling was was postponed to July due to a plea bargain he entered with the U.S. authorities.
The 37-year-old Nigerian was arrested in Dubai in June 2020 and extradited to the U.S. where he has been facing charges of corruption in Central California.