The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the United States of America, has revealed that suspected fraudster, Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Ray Hushpuppi, and his gang, defrauded Serie A side, SS Lazio, £2 million.
According to the FBI, Hushpuppi and his gang scammed the football club in a payment intended for Feyenoord star, Stephan de Vrij, in 2018.
According to a Nigeria Sport Radio Station, (Brila FM), the revelation brings to closure the unsolved misery surrounding the bizarre incident.
The Serie A club has been fooled into sending £1.75 million to the wrong bank account in Holland by hackers with knowledge of the contract.
The scam was undertaken by an email when Lazio received a request for payment from Feyenoord, including bank details.
One of the gang member known as Olalekan Jacob Ponle popularly known as “woodberry” who allegedly orchestrated an international cyber fraud scheme targeting several U.S.-based companies and individuals has been charged in U.S. District Court sitting in Chicago with conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Woodberry was alongside other 12 members arrested last month in the United Arab Emirates, where he was living, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago. He was extradicted from the country and into FBI custody and arrived in Chicago Thursday night. He appeared in court Friday morning alongside Ramoni Abass Igbalode popularly known as Hushpuppi to face a charge of conspiracy to commit wire.
The FBI said schemes resulted in attempted or actual losses to victim companies in the tens of millions of dollars, including a Chicago-based company that was defrauded into sending wire transfers totaling $15.2 million, the complaint states.
The gang was responsible for about N169 billion fraud involving over 1.9 million victims.
Items worth N15.845 billion were seized from the suspects.Items worth N15.845 billion were seized from the suspects
The fraudulent emails instructed people to wire funds to a bank account set up by “money mules” at Ponle’s direction, prosecutors say. The complaint alleges Ponle directed the mules to convert the proceeds of the fraud into Bitcoin and send them to a virtual wallet that Ponle and con artists owned and operated.
The complaint describes several instances in which one or more unknown subjects gained unauthorized access to a U.S.-based company’s email account and sent messages to unwitting employees claiming to be from the company or a known business contact.
Conspiracy to commit wire fraud is punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison in the United State. If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal sentencing statutes and the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.
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