Watch: Dubai Police Releases Hushpuppi Video Arrest
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Police in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates have released details about the arrest of Ramoni Igbalode, aka Ray Hushpuppi.
They said on Thursday he was among a gang of 12 alleged fraudsters involved in a cyber scam.
The Instagram celebrity was arrested June 10 alongside 12 others including Olalekan Jacob Ponle aka Woodbery on allegations of fraud involving huge money.
In an operation dubbed “Fox Hunt 2”, police said they seized from the suspects more than Dh150 million (N15.8billion) in cash and confiscated 13 luxury cars worth Dh25 million (N2.6billion).
After months of investigation and monitoring their social media accounts, a team of highly trained police officers were able to locate their whereabouts and “fraudulent activities,” according to police.
Six raids were carried out simultaneously while the suspects were sleeping in their Dubai residencies.
Police added that they also confiscated 21 computers, 47 smartphones, 15 memory cards, five hard disks containing 119,580 fraud files as well as addresses of nearly two million victims.
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Brigadier Jamal Salem Al Jallaf, Director of Criminal Investigation Department at Dubai Police, said:
“He [Hushpuppi] would pose as a businessman to lure victims from all around the world.
“They were designing and mimicking company and bank websites to steal credit card data and illegally obtain victims’ money before laundering the cash,” Brig Al Jallaf said.
“The forged documents pertained to online fraud outside the country. The fraud was worth more than Dh1.6 billion. We seized more than Dh150 million in cash from them and confiscated 13 luxury cars worth Dh25 million,” he added.
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