Nigerian Influencer Hushpuppi Abbas has been accused of laundering funds by U. S department of Justice for North Korean Hackers.
Hushpuppi who was arrested In July last year, was charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles with conspiring to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from ‘“business email compromise”’ (BEC) frauds and other scams. On Wednesday, the Department of Justice shed more light on one of those scams: working with North Korean hackers to launder funds stolen from a Maltese bank.
According to a statement released by the DoJ, Hushpuppi took part in a
“North Korean-perpetrated cyber-enabled heist from a Maltese bank in February 2019.” In a July statement, the DoJ referred to the attack as “a $14.7 million cyber-heist from a foreign financial institution.” Both the date and amount match that of the attack on Malta’s Bank of Valletta in February 2019.
After Puppi’s arrest last year his then lawyer Gal Pissetzky stated that Abbas was not guilty of the charges and described Abbas as Entrepreneur” who made his money legitimately through Real Estate and his work promoting brands as an Instagram personality.
A representative for Abbas could not be reached for comment on the new developments in the case at the moment.