• 2020-07-06

Having money is a good thing. When you have money, you are powerful. The more money you have, then the more power and influence you have; however, money brings out the good and bad in us, which becomes an average of what kind of society we live in. Everywhere in the world, money talks. It makes societies bend to accommodate certain bad habits that in turn make the society seem evil. Africa is scorching hot; contrarywise, the youth are getting cold. To survive, they will do anything, even if they must pull a trigger to get that money so they can live the dream life - fast cars, beautiful women, expensive clothes, and huge mansions.

Nowadays, business scams and other fraudulent activities are on the rise. Scammers have become online sensations and society glorifies them. Though the scammers claim they defraud people to survive, it obvious they rather swindle their targets to live a lavish life that they flaunt on social media. Recently, 37-year-old Nigerian Ramon Olorunwa Abbas popularly known as “Hushpuppi” who displays his fleet of luxury cars and expensive lifestyle on Instagram has been accused of conspiring to launder hundreds of millions of dollars through cybercrime schemes. On his profile, “Hushpuppi” claims to be a real estate developer.

Ramon was arrested with 11 other people last month by law enforcement officials in the UAE; at the moment he’s been extradited to the USA to face money laundering conspiracy charges. Last week, Abbas appeared in a federal court in Chicago and according to prosecutors, he is “one of the leaders of a global network that uses computer intrusions, business email compromise (BEC) schemes and money laundering capers to steal hundreds of millions of dollars.” Some allegations leveled against him include an attempt to steal $124 million from an English Premier League soccer club, conspiring to launder funds from a $14.7 million heist of a foreign financial institution, and computer evidence containing more than 100,000 fraud files and the addresses of nearly 2 million possible victims.

Currently, “Hushpuppi” is being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago but will soon be transferred to Los Angeles, according to the Justice Department. If found guilty, the Nigerian Instagram celebrity would face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Well, guess if you have the guts to play the game, then you better have whatever it takes to face the consequences.