Raymond Igbalode Abbas, also known as Hushpuppi, and Olalekan Jacob Ponle, aka Woodberry, have been extradited to the United States of America by the United Arab Emirate.
Hushpuppi and Woodberry, who were arrested in the UAE, were handed over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation by the Dubai Police General Headquarters, a statement on Thursday by the Dubai Police said.
In the statement, with the title: “FBI thanks Dubai Police for arresting and extraditing Hushpuppi and Woodberry,” the Dubai Police wrote: “The Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Christopher Wray has praised the exceptional efforts exerted by the United Arab Emirate, represented by the Dubai Police General HQ, in combating transnational organised cybercrime including the recent arrest of Raymond Igbalode Abbas, known as ‘Hushpuppi’ and Olalekan Jacob Ponle aka ‘Woodberry’ who were taken down in operation ‘Fox Hunt 2’.
“Mr Wray also extended his appreciations to Dubai Police for their cooperation in extraditing the wanted criminals, who committed money-laundering and multiple cybercrimes, to the United States.
Fox Hunt 2
“Recently, the Dubai Police has arrested the two wanted fraudsters, ‘Hushpuppi’ and ‘Woodberry’ along with ten African cybercriminals in a special operation dubbed ‘Fox Hunt 2’.
“The operation took down the suspects for committing crimes outside the UAE, including money-laundering, cyber fraud, hacking, criminal impersonating, scamming individuals, banking fraud and identity theft.
“The suspects were caught in a series of synchronised raids by six SWAT teams from Dubai Police who foiled the gang’s bid to deceive many people from around the world and steal their money.
“The director of Dubai CID, Brigadier Jamal Salem Al Jallaf said the raid resulted in confiscating incriminating documents of a planned fraud on a global scale worth AED 1.6 billion ($ 435 million). ;The team also seized more than AED 150 million ($40.9 million) in cash, 13 luxury cars with an estimated value of AED 25 million ($6.8 million) obtained from fraud crimes, and confiscated 21 computer devices, 47 smartphones, 15 memory sticks, five hard disks containing 119,580 fraud files as well as addresses of 1,926,400 victims,’ he said.
“After conducting further investigations and analysing confiscated electronic devices, Dubai Police investigators uncovered sensitive information mined by the suspects on individuals and companies overseas including bank accounts and fake credit cards as well as documents and files condemning the gangs’ illegal activities.”