Nigeria’s Hushpuppi pleads guilty to money laundering

Nigerian Instagram celebrity Hushpuppi , whose real name is Ramon Abbas, has pleaded guilty to money laundering in a US court.

He was arrested, along with other suspects, in Dubai last June over defrauding someone in connection with a $1.1m (£788,000) school financing deal.

Hushpuppi was then extradited to the US to face charges in the US.

His plea document reveals that he admitted to his role in the school-finance scheme as were as other fraudulent activities, including what’s known as business e-mail compromise schemes, that totalled $24m, a statement from the US Attorney’s Office says.

The statement adds that Hushuppi worked on the school fraud with a Kenyan and Nigerian who posed as consultants and bankers to defraud a Qatari businessperson.

Hushpuppi became well-known on Instagram for his expensive lifestyle including a collection of luxury vehicles.

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