A Kenyan man is alleged to have worked with Nigerians Ramon Olorunwa Abbas also known as, Ray Hushpuppi and Kelly Chibuzo Vincent to defraud a Qatari businessman Ksh. 108 million.
Kenyan collaborated with 'Ray Hushpuppi' to steal over Sh.100 million from Qatari businessman
If found guilty, Juma might get sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.
The 28 year old Abdulrahman Imraan Juma, a.k.a. “Abdul,” was on Wednesday, July 28 charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Central District of California with five other individuals.
The three U.S.-based defendants and three Africans were indicted with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to engage in money laundering, and aggravated identity theft.
Court documents ordered unsealed today show that Abbas, a 37-year-old Nigerian national, pleaded guilty on April 20.
A version of Abbas’ plea agreement filed late Tuesday outlines his role in the school-finance scheme, as well as several other cyber and business email compromise schemes that cumulatively caused more than sh. two billion in losses.
“The defendants allegedly faked the financing of a Qatari school by playing the roles of bank officials and creating a bogus website in a scheme that also bribed a foreign official to keep the elaborate pretense going after the victim was tipped off,” said Acting United States Attorney Tracy L. Wilkison.
“Mr. Abbas, who played a significant role in the scheme, funded his luxurious lifestyle by laundering illicit proceeds generated by con artists who use increasingly sophisticated means.
In conjunction with our law enforcement partners, we will identify and prosecute perpetrators of business email compromise scams, which is a massive and growing international crime problem.”
Juma allegedly posed as a facilitator and consultant for the illusory bank loans, while Abbas played the role of “Malik,” a Wells Fargo banker in New York, according to court documents.
Vincent, in turn, allegedly provided support for the false narratives fed to the victim by, among other things, creating bogus documents and arranging for the creation of a fake bank website and phone banking line.
Yusuf Adekinka Anifowoshe, a.k.a. “AJ,” of Brooklyn, New York, allegedly played a role in the fraud, assisting Abbas with a call to the victim posing as “Malik.” Special agents with the FBI arrested Anifowoshe in New York on July 22.
The proceeds of the fraud allegedly were laundered in several ways.
According to the indictment, Abbas was assisted in laundering the proceeds of the fraud by Rukayat Motunraya Fashola, a.k.a. “Morayo,” of Valley Stream, New York, and Bolatito Tawakalitu Agbabiaka, a.k.a. “Bolamide,” of Linden, New Jersey. These two defendants also were arrested on July 22 by FBI agents.
Approximately sh. two million of the stolen funds allegedly were used to purchase a Richard Mille RM11-03 watch, which was hand delivered to Abbas in Dubai and subsequently appeared in Hushpuppi’s social media posts.
Other illicit proceeds from the scheme were allegedly converted into cashier’s checks, including Sh. five million in checks that were used by Abbas and a co-conspirator to fraudulently acquire a St. Christopher and Nevis citizenship, as well as a passport for Abbas obtained by creating a false marriage certificate and then bribing a government official in St. Kitts.
Court documents outline a dispute among members of the conspiracy, which allegedly prompted Vincent to contact the victim and claim that Abbas and Juma were engaged in fraud.
After this contact, Abbas allegedly arranged to have Vincent jailed in Nigeria by Abba Alhaji Kyari of Nigeria.
According to the affidavit, Kyari is a highly decorated deputy commissioner of the Nigeria Police Force who is alleged to have arranged for Vincent to be arrested and jailed at Abbas’ behest, and then sent Abbas photographs of Vincent after his arrest.
Kyari also allegedly sent Abbas bank account details for an account into which Abbas could deposit payment for Vincent’s arrest and imprisonment.
Kenyan Office of Attorney General (AG), Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP), and Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) are in collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to investigate this matter as part of Operation Top Dog.
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