Ramon Abbas – higher often known as Hushpuppi to his thousands and thousands of followers – has pleaded responsible to cash laundering in a US courtroom.
The Nigerian social media influencer was well-known for his extravagant life-style, exhibiting off his designer clothes, luxurious holidays, and costly automobiles to 2.5million Instagram followers and 1.3 million Snapchat subscribers.
However unknown to his followers, his life-style was funded by cybercrime.
Initially from humble beginnings in Lagos, the so-called ‘billionaire Gucci grasp’ dwelling a lifetime of luxurious in Dubai is now dealing with a 20-year jail sentence within the USA – and the FBI have dubbed him one of many world’s most high-profile cash launderers.
File on 4’s Hush Cash: The Rise and fall of an Worldwide Fraudster is on BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday 13 September at 20:00 GMT and accessible afterwards on BBC Sounds.
Reporter: Princess Abumere
Producer: Helen Clifton
Filmed and edited: Joshua Akinyemi
Animations: Mayowa Alabi