The widely reported arrest of Nigerian socialite, Raymond Igbalode a.k.a. Hushpuppi in Dubai has been confirmed by the International Police (INTERPOL) Nigeria.
Recall that rumour of his arrest first hit the internet in the early hours of Wednesday, June 10, 2020 but now Commissioner of Police (CP) INTERPOL, Garba Umar, has confirmed it in a chat with The Nation.
“It is true that Hushpuppi was arrested by the INTERPOL. We are currently working on bringing him to Nigeria to face charges of fraud.” he began. “Some of the offences were committed here in Nigeria and he has to answer for them. He is not alone in it; there are accomplices in the country who we are currently on their trail.”
According to reports, Hushpuppi, two of his associates, Mr Woodberry and Efe and his accomplices in Nigeria, Dubai and other countries allegedly defrauded the U.S of over $100 million COVID Relief Funds meant for Americans in the battle against the economic impact coronavirus pandemic.
They were arrested after weeks of investigation by the US Secret Service, following the alarm raised in May about a crime ring of suspected Nigerians who hacked into the United States (US) unemployed database and impersonating citizens qualified for unemployment funds.
They were alleged to have filed in so many names of Americans who were still working to various state unemployment offices and carted away millions of dollars from the system. They were alleged to have used information stolen from first responders, government personnel, and school employees.
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