FBI confirms Hushpuppi, Woodberry’s extradition to US


Nigerian fraudster, Raymond Igbalode Abbas popularly known as Hushpuppi has been extradited to the United States alongside his close associate, Olalekan Jacob Ponle also known as Woodberry.

They were sent to US after they were arrested in Dubai, United Arab Emirates over high-level fraud, money-laundering and cyber-crimes.

Their extradition was confirmed after the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI’s Director, Christopher Wray, thanked the Dubai Police for arresting and extraditing the suspected cybercriminals.

The Dubai Police on Thursday also released a statement after sending Hushpuppi and Woodberry ‘Hushpuppi’ to the US state of Pennsylvania after the week of their arrest.

Hushpuppi and associates were wanted for fraud in Europe, the US, and Nigeria.

In June, the Dubai Police had arrested 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).

Before his arrest, Hushpuppi had gained fame on social media for his outlandish display of wealth.

Out of all the suspects arrested with Hushpuppi, Woodberry is perhaps another high profile person. He was known to be stupendously rich without a visible source of his wealth.

Woodberry is less open with his wealth. However, in March of 2019, he announced that he acquired a twin collection of 2019 edition of Lamborghini Urus at over $200,000 and the 2019 Rolls Royce black badge dawn.