Hushpuppi didn’t commit $400k scam in jail – Cybercrime expert
An American Cybercrime expert, Gary Warner, has labelled as fake, the viral documents embattled Instagram celebrity fraudster, Ramoni Abbas popularly known as Hushpuppi, committed a $400,000 scam while in a Federal correctional facility in the United States.
Earlier on Thursday, Vanguard had published documents claiming that Hushpuppi committed a fresh scam of around $400k by purchasing and laundering Economic Impact Payment debit cards fraudulently obtained from stolen data of U.S citizens and residents.
However, Warner who is the Director of Research in Computer Forensics at the University of Alabama debunked the report.
In a statement on Twitter, Warner noted that the document was an edited version of a June 2020 affidavit adding that the false document “was intended to get people to visit a scammer EIP website.”
He wrote, “People are asking me if it is true that #Hushpuppi laundered $400,000 in #Stimulus cards from in prison.
“The document they show is an edit of a June 2020 Affidavit. The new version is fake, intended to get people to visit a scammer EIP website.”
This came shortly after a purported document, which went viral on Thursday morning, showed that Hushpuppi, who was currently on trial, laundered $400,000 in prison.
Meanwhile, Huspuppi who will be tried on Jully 11, 2022, risks “20 years’ imprisonment; a 3-year period of supervised release; a fine of $500,000 or twice the gross gain or gross loss resulting from the offence”.