The US Department of Justice (DoJ) announced that three Nigerians were arrested in the United States for assisting Raymond ‘Hushpuppi‘ Abbas in stealing over $1.1 million in a wire fraud scheme.
The three colleagues were arrested by the FBI on July 22 in connection with a case in which they were accused of assisting Hushpuppi in stealing money from a businessman.
The following are the three associates:
1. Yusuf Adekinka Anifowoshe (nicknamed “AJ”) “.. He is a 26-year-old man. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
2. Rukayat Motunraya Fashola, dubbed “Morayo” by locals “.. She is a 28-year-old woman. She resides in the town of Valley Stream, New York.
3. Bolatito Tawakalitu Agbabiaka, dubbed “Bolamide” by the public. He is a 34-year-old man. He currently resides in Linden, New Jersey.
Before August, the three of them will appear in a Los Angeles courtroom. If they are found guilty, they will be sentenced to 20 years in prison.
The unnamed businessman was attempting to raise funds to construct schools for youngsters in Qatar.
Hushpuppi confessed to money laundering and other offenses linked to Business Email Compromise (BEC) Schemes in a statement released by the Department of Justice on July 28.
Hushpuppi allegedly bribed a top Nigerian police officer to arrest his 40-year-old accomplice, Kelly Chibuzo Vincent, according to the complaint.
This is after Vincent attempted to disclose the operation, according to the DoJ dossier.
Hushpuppi allegedly spent $230,000 of the $1.1 million on a Richard Mille RM11-03 wristwatch, which he flaunted on Instagram.
Huspuppi, 37, is also accused of using some of the funds to purchase citizenship in the Caribbean island of St. Christopher and Nevis. In St. Kitts, he also faked a marriage certificate and bribed government authorities.