- Hushpuppi's bestie Olalekan Jacob Ponle also known as Woodberry like his friend has also been charged to court in the US
- In his own case, Woodberry played into the hands of the FBI undercover agent
- Ponle asked the agent to help him open US bank accounts to be used to convert the proceeds of the fraud into Bitcoin and send them to a virtual wallet owned and operated by him
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Hushpuppi's best friend and 'business partner' Olalekan Jacob Ponle popularly known on Instagram as Woodberry has also been charged in US District Court in Chicago with conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
The 29-year-old Woodberry was arrested in June alongside his bestie, Hushpuppi, in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, where he was living large.
According to a statement from the US Attorney’s Office in Chicago, Woodberry who was extradited from Dubai, and kept in the FBI custody, arrived in Chicago on the night of Thursday, July 2, and appeared in court in the morning of Friday, July 3, to face a charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Among the companies defrauded by Woodberry is a Chicago-based company that sent wire transfers totaling $15.2 million to him.
The US department of justice had it that there were several instances in which one or more unknown subjects gained unauthorized access to a US-based company’s email account and sent messages to unwitting employees claiming to be from the company or known business contact.
The fraudulent emails instructed people to wire funds to a bank account set up by “money mules” at Woodberry's instruction, prosecutors say. The complaint alleges Ponle directed the mules to convent the proceeds of the fraud into Bitcoin and send them to a virtual wallet that Ponle owned and operated.
Unknown to Woodberry he was talking to an undercover FBI agent of his schemes. Read through their conversation below:
Legit.ng had reported that the United States authorities on Friday, July 3, charged Nigerian fraudster, Ramon Olorunwa Abbas popularly known as Hushpuppi, to court in Chicago.
The US Department of Justice said that Hushpuppi will face criminal charges among which was his alleged conspiration with his cohorts to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from business email compromise (BEC) frauds and other scams which include schemes targeting a US law firm, a foreign bank and an unnamed English Premier League football club.
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