Hushpuppi: the Instagram influencer and international fraudster – BBC Africa



Ramon Abbas – better known as Hushpuppi to his millions of followers – has pleaded guilty to money laundering in a US court.

The Nigerian social media influencer was famous for his extravagant lifestyle, showing off his designer clothing, luxury holidays, and expensive cars to 2.5million Instagram followers and 1.3 million Snapchat subscribers.

But unknown to his fans, his lifestyle was funded by cybercrime.

Originally from humble beginnings in Lagos, the so-called ‘billionaire Gucci master’ living a life of luxury in Dubai is now facing a 20-year jail sentence in the USA – and the FBI have dubbed him one of the world’s most high-profile money launderers.

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    1. Many of them are on Instagram… Most of them are from Nigeria… A big country of amazing people but full of fraudsters and scammers… I am a Victim of one of them 🙄…

    2. Has he sent any updates from his
      Max security prison

    3. Hushpuppi is a legend

    4. Its all a distraction grab a small time hustler , while white collar crime take billions! The old Look at this while we take behind your backs
      # ONLY fooling the uninformed

    5. Just look at his lawyer, he loos like one of those scam artists too, Ha Ha ha, LOL

    6. war.Some white where born in black Countries.Are you all now, going to follow the way of a disappearing lying forces of Occultism?The person you follow,you don't won't tell you her name.only to hide between the inners space walls,stealing money from a Black woman,then, discreminate against the Black people.?

    7. Biggest export of Nigeria to the world are scammers and fraudsters.

    8. Wrong is wrong and right is right. This guy had millions of $ (obtained illegally) in his possession and use those millions to stunt on social media. He grew up in one of the toughest parts of African. If this 🤡 had used the money to help his people currently struggling in Africa I will feel a little sympathetic towards him. For example Akon Lighting Africa………..Looking at clownpuppi’s current outcome I hope his ass rot in jail.

    9. Unfortunately I highly doubt that his arrest for deter anybody. And I agree with the previous comments that he probably could’ve flew under the radar a little longer if he had not lived his life on social media looking for validation. But I also do not buy his lawyers nonsense about him being a middleman $24 million that’s not a middleman, if that is the case what is the person at the top getting and why haven’t they been gotten!

    10. Are the FBI seriously ignorant of Hunter Biden's activities?To bribe a president or ex president in the US you have a beneficiary company invite him to give a silly talk in an event and pay him for the talk … invoice included. so u see, the smart crooks really join politics. Hushpuppy was not smart at all and will learn that crime does not pay. Unless you are a politician apparently.

    11. Our parents always tell us to chew with our mouth closed.

      This guy missed that lesson

    12. Hushpuppi should have hushed!!

    13. He and Anna Sorokin will make a great couple

    14. Don't believe juju always juju can disappointed u

    15. Nigeria 😂😂😂😂

    16. He is in Gucci Prison now…..Sleeping on Fendi Iron Bed 🛌

    17. HELLO SIR I'V BEEN WATCHING VIDEOS ABOUT CRYPTO AND FOREX TRADE INVESTMENT BUT YET IM STILL MAKING LOSSES TRADING ON MY OWN, PLEASE CAN YOU PLEASE DIRECT ME TO A GOOD STRATEGSY OR AT LEAST ADVISE ON HOW To MAKE GOOD PROFITS THROUGH INVESTMENT🙏?

    18. I nearly cried when they arrested my Nigga Hushpuppi!

    19. Clever by half but not only Nigerians do it and those Nigerians who do are a small percentage.

    20. BEC… *Phishing*…

    21. just redirect Ray's thinking from scamming to something positive. Otherwise he's a genius

    22. he was snitched

    23. Keep him in prison plz and thank you 🙏🏽

    24. The game will forever miss you😢

    25. He pleaded guilty because he's probably safer in prison than he is outside of it. He stole money from some powerful people and they want their money back. How are you scamming on such a scale and flaunting your ill gotten gains on social media? What an idiot.

    26. Do the crime serve the time.

    27. Steal from the rich and give to the rich 🤦🏿‍♂️

    28. Hypocrisy of Western governments nd America government when African government leaders stilled nd hide their heist in the europe, America they never makes any investigation about it , simple because corruption in African is a syndicate robbery crimes btn African leaders nd western, American international money launderers ,

    29. And the crazy thing is, he's probably the tip of a very nasty iceberg

    30. Nigerians only care abt money 💰 earned by unlawful means.

    31. I believe the lawyer. He was a middle man.

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