THE United States Department of Justice, DoJ, has set Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2022, as the day of judgement for Ramon Abass Olorunwa, better known as Hushpuppi.
Judgement, for the renowned (alleged) wire fraud whizkid, who reportedly colluded with certain colleagues hackers, including North Korean military, on February 13, 2019 to execute a princely $14.7m cyber heist on Malta’s oldest financial institution, the Bank of Valetta, will be coming three years after the offence.
“We expect him to be sentenced on February 14,” Thom Mrozek, Spokesperson of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California said.
Hushpuppi, then resident in Dubai, was arrested in June 2020 by UAE law enforcement officials and subsequently ferried to Chicago, the United States, having been declared persona non grata by the United Arab Emirates, UAE.
According to the FBI, Hushpuppi, who financed his opulent lifestyle via crime is one of the leaders of a transnational network that facilitates computer intrusions, fraudulent schemes, including BEC schemes and money laundering, with focus on victims around the world. The scheme, FBI pointed out, is designed to steal hundreds of millions of dollars.