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EXPOSED: How Hushpuppi Committed $400k Fraud From US Prison

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EXPOSED: How Hushpuppi Committed $400k Fraud From US Prison

Infamous Nigerian fraudster, Ramon Abbas popularly known as Hushpuppi, has received fresh charges as US prosecutors submitted court documents showing that he committed fraud and laundered over $400,000 while in prison.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation through its agent, Andrew John Innocenti, presented documents before the United States District Court of California on Wednesday with fresh evidence indicting HushPuppi of committing fraud and money laundering in the U.S. Federal correctional facility.

According to the court documents, Hushpuppi defrauded his victim through Economic Impact Payments debit cards fraudulently obtained from stolen data of U.S citizens and residents.

Economic Impact Payments which are also known as Stimulus Checks are financial support offered by the US government to U.S residents according to the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. One of the ways eligible US residents receive their Economic Impact Payments is by debit cards.

The document read in part, “Ramon Olorunwa Abbas is a Nigerian national previously living in the United Arab Emirates (the ‘U.A.E.’) but currently incarcerated in the US Federal correctional facility, Central District of California, on charges of money laundering.

“The FBI’s investigation has revealed that Abbas, while in a US Federal correctional facility, participated in the purchase of Economic Impact Payment debit cards fraudulently obtained from compromised data of US citizens.

“Economic Impact Payments —commonly referred to as “stimulus checks” or “recovery rebates”— are a key provision of the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act legislation that Congress passed to help reduce the financial burden on citizens and residents across the United States. Economic Impact Payments are non-taxable income that does not need to be paid back. Economic Impact Payments debit cards are a means of disbursement of payments. Economic Impact Payments debit cards, commonly called EIP cards, are issued on the VISA network by Meta Bank, South Dakota, US.

“This affidavit presents new information involving Abbas which supports Affidavit 1 of Case No 2:20-mj-02992. Recorded internet activities (reviewed pursuant to a federal search warrant issued in this District) of Abbas in the US Federal correctional facility, Central District of California, reflect that Abbas purchased Economic Impact Payments debit cards and laundered the proceeds totaling over $400,000.

“Payments debit cards daily for the period we recorded him. He purchased a total of 58 Economic Impact Payments debit cards in this period, with a total value of $429,800.

“19 Of the 58 Economic Impact Payments debit cards, Abbas chose the virtual card option for 36 EIP cards and he selected the plastic physical card option for 22 EIP cards.”

The documents noted that Hushpuppi was able to perpetrate the fraud through his partner identified simply as AJ.

“Abbas was in constant communication with one AJ. Abbas sent all the cards he bought from stimuluscard.com to AJ. Abbas gave instructions to AJ on what to shop online. He gave instructions on what to do with the purchased items. Abbas also gave instructions on cash withdrawal from ATMs with the plastic cards,” the document read.

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SPOTLIGHT : Dr. Oluyinka Olutoye A Beacon of Hope in Pediatric Surgery

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In the vast tapestry of medical excellence, there are few individuals whose brilliance shines as brightly as Dr. Oluyinka Olutoye. Born in Nigeria, Dr. Olutoye’s journey to becoming a world-class pediatric surgeon is not just a testament to his personal tenacity but also a beacon of inspiration for aspiring medical professionals around the globe.

Dr. Olutoye’s educational  began at the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria, where he earned his medical degree. His thirst for knowledge led him to Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, where he obtained his PhD in anatomy, showcasing his dedication to understanding the intricacies of the human body at a profound level.

With a solid foundation in medicine and anatomy, Dr. Olutoye embarked on his surgical residency at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals. It was here that his passion for pediatric surgery began to blossom, ultimately leading him to pursue fellowships in pediatric and fetal surgery at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. These formative years laid the groundwork for his future endeavors, shaping him into the world-renowned fetal and neonatal surgeon we know today.

One of the hallmarks of Dr. Olutoye’s career is his unwavering commitment to advancing the field of pediatric surgery. As co-director of the Fetal Center at Texas Children’s Hospital and a tenured Professor at Baylor College of Medicine, he not only provided exceptional clinical care but also played a pivotal role in shaping the next generation of surgeons through his mentorship and leadership.

Beyond his clinical duties, Dr. Olutoye is a trailblazer in medical research. His groundbreaking work on fetal wound healing and the early detection of necrotizing enterocolitis has significantly contributed to our understanding of these complex medical phenomena. By pushing the boundaries of scientific knowledge, Dr. Olutoye is paving the way for innovative treatments and improved outcomes for patients around the world.

Perhaps most awe-inspiring is Dr. Olutoye’s pioneering spirit in the operating room. His successful completion of a sacrococcygeal teratoma operation, where a baby was temporarily removed from the uterus for surgery and then safely returned, stands as a testament to his surgical prowess and unwavering dedication to saving lives, no matter the odds.

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to global healthcare, Dr. Olutoye was honored with the prestigious Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM) Award, a testament to his status as a true luminary in the field of pediatric surgery.

As we reflect on Dr. Olutoye’s remarkable journey, we are reminded that greatness knows no boundaries. From humble beginnings in Nigeria to the pinnacle of surgical excellence on the world stage, Dr. Olutoye’s story serves as an enduring reminder of the power of passion, perseverance, and the indomitable human spirit. In a world often fraught with challenges, Dr. Olutoye stands as a beacon of hope, illuminating the path forward for future generations of medical professionals and inspiring us all to reach for the stars.

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« Pioneering Pride: Nigeria’s First Female Officer Graduates from Royal Military Academy Sandhurst »

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The Sovereign’s Parade at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) in London witnessed a historic moment as Officer Cadet Owowoh Princess Oluchukwu, a 24-year-old from Nigeria, graduated alongside 134 peers from Commissioning Course 232. Notably, Princess Owowoh became the first Nigerian female officer to achieve this milestone at RMAS.

Representatives at the ceremony included Général d’armée Pierre SchilI, Chief of the Army Staff, standing in for His Majesty King Charles. Princess Owowoh expressed profound gratitude, stating, “It is a profound honour to be the first Nigerian female officer to commission from the esteemed Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.”

Her journey to this achievement began at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in Kaduna State in 2018. Progressing through the ranks, she served as Cadet Lance Corporal, Cadet Sergeant, and eventually as Company Senior Under Officer Charlie (CSUO C) during her fifth year. Notably, she and two female counterparts made history as the first females to hold the position of CSUO in the academy.

Princess Owowoh’s graduation carries significant historical weight, marking not only her personal achievement but also the 190th Nigerian graduate from RMAS. This milestone underscores the enduring partnership between the UK and Nigeria in professional military education, a commitment reaffirmed during the UK-Nigeria Security and Defence Partnership talks in February 2024.

Looking ahead, Princess Owowoh is determined to represent Nigeria with pride and contribute positively to the world. Her success joins a legacy of Nigerian officers, including former President Yakubu Gowon and Major General Emmanuel Undiandeye, as RMAS alumni, further solidifying the bond between the two nations.

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‘I just sit and hope’: A Sierra Leonean mother’s refugee story

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Standing in the drizzle outside the Tunis office of the International Organization for Migration, Saffiatu Mansaray is staring down at her swollen stomach.

On the other side of the alley, her husband works alongside other undocumented people, building a plastic-covered wooden shelter for refugees whose stay in Tunis is continuing with no end in sight.

The couple have come to Tunisia from Sierra Leone and are hoping to get to Europe. But the longer they remain stuck here, the more anxious Saffiatu, 32, is growing about her pregnancy.

“I am seven months gone,” she says, one hand resting protectively on her belly. “I have been here since February.”

Before embarking on a journey she knew could be lethal, she left two children in Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, with an aunt. The memory is still fresh in her mind.

Saffiatu and her husband have found other difficulties in Tunisia. They were living in the port city of Sfax until a couple of months ago when the police came for them. She’s not sure when that was exactly.

“The police catch us and take us to the desert,” she says. “They will come again.”

That was the second time Saffiatu found herself on the Tunisian-Algerian border after crossing from Sierra Leone, which she left with her husband in November.

This time, she, her husband and the others who were herded onto a bus by the Tunisian security services in Sfax found themselves alone and vulnerable to gangs of “bad boys” she says operate in the forest near Tunisia’s northern border with Algeria. These gangs prey on refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, stealing their phones and any money or valuables they have with them.

“We walked back by foot [from the Algerian border]. Some people die. Some people get sick,” she says with a passive shrug. She describes how the group was later intercepted on their journey by the police before being returned to the border. “I got sick,” she says. “I had pains all over, under my stomach. This was three weeks ago. It was cold.”

Saffiatu’s parents still live in Freetown. Her father, who is 70, is too frail to work in construction any longer. Saffiatu says she would like to send money back, but with no work available to her or her husband in Tunis and a baby on the way, there is none to spare. “I sit over there and beg. Every day I beg. I will tell them, ‘Mon ami, ca va?’ [‘How are you, my friend?’] Some people give me one dinar, some two dinars [33 or 65 United States cents]. So for the day, I survive.”

On the other side of the alley, a rough shelter is beginning to take shape. The wood has been salvaged from construction sites and repurposed pallets and is being wrapped in thick black plastic that those living in the cold alley have pooled their meagre resources to buy.

“If God grants me the wish, I will continue to Europe. There is no work for any of us here,” Saffiatu says. “Up until now, I see no doctor, no nurse, nothing. I just sit and hope.”

This article is the first of a five-part series of portraits of refugees from different countries, with diverse backgrounds, bound by shared fears and hopes as they enter 2024.

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA

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