Investigations reveal that Nigerian fraudster recently nabbed by FBI received St Kitts and Nevis passport in February through marrying a resident of the twin-island nation.
Abbas Ramon Olorunwa popularly known as Hushpuppi got his St Kitts and Nevis passport in February 2020.
However, the rumours proclaimed that the fraudster had achieved his St Kitts and Nevis passport through country’s Citizenship by Investment Program that allows foreigner’s citizenship in exchange for an investment in the country.
As per recent reports, Hushpuppi married some resident of St Kitts and Nevis in 2019, and he received the passport number ending 4154 through citizenship by marriage clause.
The 38-year-old Nigerian combined with several others across various parts of the world to achieve substantial financial scams by duping people and redirecting hefty payments into private bank accounts in countries like Romania, Bulgaria and United Arab Emirates.
Olorunwa aka Hushpuppi practised a business email cover, in which he and his associates targeted various corporations across the world, particularly in the United States and the United Kingdom. The fraudulent money was utilised to support their luxurious lifestyles.
The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation discovered the crooked actions of Abbas Ramon Olorunwa in an affidavit attested to by a special agent of the FBI on June 25, 2020, in Los Angeles.
Investigations concurred that Abbas received a scan of his Saint Christopher and Nevis passport on February 24, 2020, through an email sent to [email protected]
FBI discovered several conversations between Abbas and his allies where they were discussing frauding specific high profile individuals. Their scams mostly involved unauthorised wire transfers and diversion of funds.
Despite running an international scam Hushpuppi and his associates consistently used some Nigerian street language to code their activities to keep it away from spying.
As a result of these crimes, Hushpuppi would face a maximum jail term of 20 years in US federal prisons if convicted.