The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has revealed that alleged fraudster, Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi, masterminded the sum of €2 million scam perpetuated on SS Lazio Football Club of Italy in a payment intended for an ex-Feyenoord player, Stefan de Vrij.
According to court documents made public by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Lazio was supposed to make a payment for the Dutch international to his former club in 2018.
The Serie A club had been paying for the Holland player in installment since his arrival in 2014 and had one more to make that year.
However, Lazio was informed by the Eredivisie club that they did not receive the transfer payment. This led to an inquest by the police who uncovered that the money was domiciled at a Dutch bank used by the perpetrators.
However, the issue has since been resolved. In an operation known as Fox Hunt 2, Hushpuppi was arrested recently in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on an alleged $431 million cyber scam, and has since been extradited to the US where he will face trial.
Hushpuppi was accused of targeting victims overseas by creating fake websites for well-known companies and banks in a bid to steal victims’ credit card information and then launder the stolen money; the Dubai police spokesperson Mr Jamal al-Jalaf said.
Investigators said “Hushpuppi, who is 37 years of age always present himself as a wealthy real estate developer, flaunted his collections of luxury cars, shoes, watches, and other goods to help “lure victims from all over the world,”.
The FBI and Interpol raided his Dubai apartment as he slept and seized more than £30 million or $37 million in cash.
The trial began on Friday, July 3, 2020, in a United States court and if convicted, the alleged internet fraudster could face a sentence of up to 20 years in jail.