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Hushpuppi laundered funds for North Korean hackers, US alleges

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New details have arisen about the case of Instagram influencer, Ramon Abbas, affectionately alluded to as Hushpuppi.

According to the United State of America’s Department of Justice, Hushpuppi laundered money for North Korean hackers.

The disclosure was known when government prosecutors in Los Angeles unsealed a case against one Ghaleb Alaumary, 37, of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada for his job as a money launderer for the North Korean conspiracy, among other criminal schemes.

Alaumary consented to plead guilty to conspiracy to engage in money laundering tax avoidance, a charge contained in a criminal information documented in the United States District Court in Los Angeles on November 17, 2020.

Alaumary was a prolific money launderer for hackers engaged in ATM cash-out schemes, cyber-enabled bank heists, business email compromise (BEC) schemes, and other online fraud schemes.

Alaumary is also being prosecuted for his involvement in a separate BEC scheme by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia.

During Alaumary’s confession, he fingered Hushpuppi as one of his co-conspirators.

The document reads in part: ” With respect to the North Korean co-conspirators’ activities, Alaumary organized crews of co-conspirators in the United States and Canada to launder millions of dollars obtained through ATM cash-out operations, including from BankIslami and a bank in India in 2018.

“Alaumary also conspired with Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, aka ‘Ray Hushpuppi’, and others to launder funds from a North Korean-perpetrated cyber-enabled heist from a Maltese bank in February 2019.

“Last summer, the US Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles charged Abbas in a separate case, alleging that he conspired to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from BEC frauds and other scams.”

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