Dubai Police has released the video showing the moment when Ray Hushpuppi was arrested.
The video titled: ” @DubaiPoliceHQ takedown “Hushpuppi”, “Woodberry”, ten international cybercriminals in a special operation dubbed “Fox Hunt 2” was released on the official Twitter page of Dubai Police.
“Commander-in-Chief Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri: The arrest of ‘Hushpuppi’,’Woodberry’ & 10 gang members involved in money laundry & cyber fraud activities, is another achievement added to the proud record of Dubai police in ensuring the emirate’s security and safety,” the statement said.
Last week, authorities in Dubai confirmed the arrest of Ray Hushpuppi. Referred to as Raymond Abbas in Dubai, he was arrested alongside his associates on the 10th of June.
According to National UAE, a major news website in the Emirates, said prosecutors in Dubai said, Ramoni Igbalode also known as Raymond Igbalodely but known as Raymond Abbas in Dubai was referred to the Dubai public prosecution and is currently being questioned by prosecutors at the Bur Dubai section.
Dubai prosecutors said they have charged him for “obtaining money from others through fraudulent means.”
Security officers in the emirate arrested Mr Abbas and 12 others for online fraud that targets companies and individuals.
“They would send out letters from email addresses almost identical to those of legitimate companies, targeting customers of these companies, with the purpose of diverting payments to themselves,” said a senior prosecutor.
“Initial information includes that he was part of this gang which fraudulently obtained cash and cars from people.
“His statement was taken by the prosecution but this is just the beginning of prosecution investigations,” the statement said.
If the latest confirmation is anything to go by, it means the UAE alongside the Interpol must have liquidated Hushpuppi’s alleged Internet fraud ring.
Last week, we reported that the US Department of State has confirmed his arrest in an announcement that it sanctioned six Nigerian Internet fraudsters.
The alleged Internet fraudsters must have defrauded Americans to the tune of $6 million. There are indications that the statement was referring to Hushpuppi, Nigerian socialite and celebrity who was arrested alongside his other associates in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Without mentioning Hushpuppi’s arrest, the U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo said:
“Technological advancements that provide greater interconnectivity also offer greater opportunity for exploitation by malicious actors who target at-risk Americans. Today, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Justice, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control took action against six Nigerian nationals, pursuant to Executive Order 13694 as amended, for conducting an elaborate online scheme to steal more than $6 million from victims across the United States.
The six individuals designated today manipulated their victims to gain access to their sensitive information and financial resources. The U.S. will not tolerate such gross misuse of technology. The United States will use all of the tools at our disposal to defend the American people and businesses from malign actors that seek to target them, including cyber-enabled actors who prey on vulnerable Americans and businesses.”
Huspuppi whose real name is Ramoni Igbalode (aka Raymond Igbalodely), has been based in Dubai for close to 10 years.
While the most popular associate who was known to have been arrested in the crackdown was Woodberry. There are indications that many more people were part of the suspects arrested in the Interpol and FBI raid. It is not clear who the sixth associate of Hushpuppi was during the arrest.
According to a Kemi Olunloyo, a blogger and an investigative journalist based in Nigeria claimed that she knows the identities of Hushpuppi’s associates who were arrested with him.
In a Twitter post, Kemi said:
“Pac” is another Dubai based big boy and in HushPuppi’s close-knit inner circle. He was arrested alongside HP. Flashy luxurious items on IG page. Real name not known. Authorities will release later.”
“Sean the Escaper was also arrested and he’s HushPuppi’s PA. He is described as a right-hand man errand boy. They live together at Palazzo Versace in Dubai.”
“Mr Woodberry was arrested alongside HushPuppi as a member of his hardworking team.”
“Finally Tony Roma nickname who is also a Nigerian and also arrested with the rest of the team. All 5 men are being held at an Interpol facility in Dubai city,” she said.
Out of all the suspects arrested with Hushpuppi, Woodberry is perhaps another high profile person. He was known to be stupendously rich without a visible source of his wealth. Unlike Hushpuppi, Woodberry is less open with his wealth. However, in March of 2019, he announced that he acquired a twin collection of 2019 edition of Lamborghini Urus at over $200,000 and the 2019 Rolls Royce black badge dawn.