New updates have surfaced in the fraud case against an Instagram celebrity, Ramon Abbas, famously known as Hushpuppi.
Hushpuppi was charged by the US Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles last July, conspiring to launch hundreds of millions of dollars from “Business email compromise” (BEC) frauds and other scams.
Now, another report emerged on Wednesday as the Department of Justice (DOJ) claimed that Hushpuppi worked with North Korean hackers to launder funds stolen from a Maltese bank.
However, a statement released by the Department of Justice revealed that Hushpuppi took part in a “North Korean-perpetrated cyber-enabled heist from a Maltese bank in February 2019.”
DOJ referred to the attack as “a $14.7 million cyber-heist from a foreign financial institution.” in a July statement.
While the date and amount match that of the attack on Malta’s Bank of Valletta in February 2019.
According to findings, the Lawyer revealed in July that Abbas was not guilty of the charges and described him as an entrepreneur who made his money legitimately through real estate and his work promoting brands as an Instagram personality, Lawyer Gal Pissetzky told Forbes.