DOJ accuses Hushpuppi of laundering money for hackers

The fraud case against Ramon Abbas, an Instagram celebrity, who is popularly known as Hushpuppi is getting updates from time to time.

Recall that last year, Hushpuppi was charged by the US Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles with conspiring to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from ‘’business email compromise”’ (BEC) frauds and other scams.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday claimed he worked with North Korean hackers to launder funds stolen from a Maltese bank.

The DoJ in a statement claimed that Hushpuppi took part in a “North Korean-perpetrated cyber-enabled heist from a Maltese bank in February 2019.”

In a July statement, the DoJ referred to the attack as “a $14.7 million cyber-heist from a foreign financial institution.”

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Both the date and amount match that of the attack on Malta’s Bank of Valletta in February 2019.

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

Gal Pissetzky had earlier accused the FBI of kidnapping his client from Dubai and taken to the US

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