Nigerian Ramon ‘Hushpuppi’ Abbas Laundered Funds For North Korean Hackers, Says U.S. Department Of Justice

It has been revealed that Nigerian Ramon Olorunwa Abbas a.k.a Hushpuppi who wowed the internet with pictures of his clothes, cars, money and lifestyle between 2012 and 2020, assisted North Korean hackers in laundering money.

The Justice Department in a detailed statement released Friday, said Abbas took part in a “North Korean-perpetrated cyber-enabled heist from a Maltese bank in February 2019.”

Abbas was linked by the FBI to North Korean hackers, said to be the biggest bank robbers in the world. In July, Abbas was charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles with conspiring to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from “business email compromise” (BEC) frauds and other scams. His role was as a collaborator with a North Korean money launderer, Ghaleb Alaumary, based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

In a July statement, the Justice Department referred to the attack as “a $14.7 million cyber-heist from a foreign financial institution.” Both the date and amount match that of the attack on Malta’s Bank of Valletta in February 2019. 

In July, Abbas’ then-lawyer Gal Pissetzky told Forbes that Abbas was not guilty of the charges and described Abbas as “an entrepreneur” who made his money legitimately through “real estate” and his work “promoting brands” as an “Instagram personality.”