Hushpuppi, Woodberry Finally Extradited To The U.S. Over Alleged Fraud

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Alleged Nigerian internet fradusters, Raymond Igbalode Abbas, known as “Hushpuppi” and Olalekan Jacob Ponle aka “Woodberry” has been finally extradited to the United States after being apprehended in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

On Thursday July 2, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Christopher Wray praised the exceptional efforts exerted by the UAE, represented by the Dubai Police General HQ, in combating transnational organised cybercrime including the operation “Fox Hunt 2” take down of the suspects.

Wray also extended his appreciations to Dubai Police for their cooperation in extraditing the wanted criminals, who committed money-laundering and multiple cybercrimes, to the United States.

Recall that the Dubai Police made national headlines after arresting the two wanted fraudsters, “Hushpuppi” and “Woodberry” along with ten African cybercriminals in a special operation dubbed “Fox Hunt 2”.

The operation took down the suspects for committing crimes outside the UAE, including money-laundering, cyber fraud, hacking, criminal impersonating, scamming individuals, banking fraud and identity theft. The suspects were caught in a series of synchronised raids by six SWAT teams from Dubai Police who foiled the gang’s bid to deceive many people from around the world and steal their money.

The director of Dubai CID, Brigadier Jamal Salem Al Jallaf said the raid resulted in confiscating incriminating documents of a planned fraud on a global scale worth AED 1.6 billion ($ 435 million).

After conducting further investigations and analysing confiscated electronic devices, Dubai Police investigators uncovered sensitive information mined by the suspects on individuals and companies overseas including bank accounts and fake credit cards as well as documents and files condemning the gangs’ illegal activities.

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