US Attorney’s Office at Central District of California has on Thursday described as false, reports that alleged international fraudster, Ramon Abbas aka Hushpuppi, committed over $400,000 fraud while in an American prison.
The reports had claimed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation through its agent, Andrew John Innocenti, presented new documents before the United States District Court of California on Wednesday.
The purported court documents contained fresh evidence indicting Hushpuppi of committing fraud and money laundering in the U.S. Federal correctional facility.
According to viral reports, it claimed that through the court documents, Hushpuppi defrauded his victim through Economic Impact Payments (EIP) debit cards fraudulently obtained from stolen data of U.S citizens and residents.
However, responding to email enquiry from TheNation, Thom Mrozek, the Director of Media Relations of the United States Attorney’s Office said;
After looking at the document excerpted in recent media accounts, the document appears to have been fabricated. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los
Angeles, which filed the case against Mr. Abbas, has not filed any such document. We have checked with the FBI agent who supposedly authored the
document, and he confirms it is a fake.
MDB earlier reported that a cybercrime expert and Director of Research in Computer Forensics at the University of Alabama, Gary Warner explained that the document was an edited version of a June 2020 affidavit.
People are asking me if it is true that #Hushpuppi laundered $400,000 in #Stimulus cards from in prison. The document they show is an edit of a June 2020 Affidavit. The new version is fake, intended to get people to visit a scammer EIP website.
Recall that Dubai Police in the United Arab Emirates had in June 2020 arrested Hushpuppi and his gang. They were later extradited to the US for prosecution by the FBI.
In a plea agreement document, Hushpuppi subsequently pleaded guilty to various offences bordering on internet scam and money laundering, among others.
The document stated that Hushpuppi risks “20 years’ imprisonment; a 3-year period of supervised release; a fine of $500,000 or twice the gross gain or gross loss resulting from the offence”.
The court also said Hushpuppi would be sentenced on July 11, 2022.