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Hush Case File: A Public Document by xelly: 4:11pm On Jul 30, 2021
Table of Contents I. INTRODUCTION ................................................................................ 1 II. SUMMARY OF PROBABLE CAUSE ............................................... 2 III. STATEMENT OF PROBABLE CAUSE ............................................ 6 A. Identification of Defendants ....................................................... 6 1. Identification of JUMA .................................................... 7 2. Identification of KYARI ................................................ 11 3. Identification of CHIBUZO ........................................... 15 4. Identification of FASHOLA .......................................... 17 5. Identification of AGBABIAKA ..................................... 19 B. Scheme to Defraud the Victim Businessperson and the Qatari Victim Company ...................................................................... 21 1. Initiation of Fraud Scheme and Initial Fraudulent Payments of $314,442.78 to JUMA ............................... 22 2. JUMA, ABBAS, CHIBUZO, and Others Defrauded the Victim Businessperson of $330,000, and ABBAS Used the Funds to Purchase a Luxury Richard Mille Watch and St. Kitts Citizenship ....................................................... 23 3. JUMA, ABBAS, CHIBUZO, and Others Conspired to Defraud the Victim Businessperson of $299,983.58 ..... 44 4. After Consulting with JUMA, ABBAS Arranged to Have KYARI Imprison CHIBUZO in Nigeria in Retaliation for, and to Prevent Him from, Trying to Coopt the Victim Businessperson ............................................................... 51 5. ABBAS Defrauded the Victim Businessperson of an Additional $180,000 ...................................................... 57 IV. CONCLUSION ................................................................................... 64
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AFFIDAVIT I, ANDREW JOHN INNOCENTI, being duly sworn, declare and state as follows: I. 1. INTRODUCTION I am a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), and have been so employed since approximately March 2015. I am currently assigned to the Los Angeles Field Office, High-Tech Organized Crime Squad, where I primarily investigate cyber-enabled fraud and business email compromise (“BEC”) schemes. Between approximately August 2015 and December 2018, I was assigned to a cyber-crime squad in the Chicago Field Office, where I investigated cyber-related crimes, including BEC cases. During my career as an FBI Special Agent, I have participated in numerous computercrime investigations. In addition, I have received both formal and informal training from the FBI and other institutions regarding computer-related investigations, computer technology, and white-collar fraud. 2. This affidavit is made in support of a criminal complaint against, and arrest warrants for, RAMON OLORUNWA ABBAS, also known as (“aka”) “Ray Hushpuppi,” aka “Hush,” aka “Malik” (“ABBAS”), and the following persons who conspired with ABBAS and each other to fraudulently obtain and launder at least $1,124,426.36 from a victim: a. ABDULRAHMAN IMRAAN JUMA, aka “Abdul,” aka “Rahman” (“JUMA”), of Kenya; b. VINCENT KELLY CHIBUZO, aka “Kelly” (“CHIBUZO”), of Nigeria; c. ABBA ALHAJI KYARI (“KYARI”), a Deputy Commissioner of the Nigeria Police Force;
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that ABBAS was involved in fraud,1 and, in fact, multiple articles identified him as one of the most prolific Nigerian-origin fraudsters in the world.2 The FBI’s investigation confirmed that ABBAS’ opulent lifestyle was financed through crime, and that he was one of the leaders of a transnational network committing computer crime and fraudulent schemes (including BEC schemes),3 and money laundering from those offenses, targeting victims around the world. ABBAS was charged by Complaint and then Information, in Case. No. 2:20-CR-00322-ODW, for conspiring in a cyber-heist from a bank in Malta and several BEC schemes, and money laundering relating to those schemes. 6. In addition to that charged conduct, messages obtained from ABBAS’ phone and online accounts pursuant to federal search warrants, combined with bank records, other records, and information from victims, indicate that ABBAS and the other Defendants participated in a scheme to defraud a person (the “Victim Businessperson”) who was seeking a lender to invest $15 million in a project to 1 See, e.g., TechCity, The Unmasking of Hushpuppi and Why We All Should Be Worried, July 31, 2017, https://www.techcityng.com/unmaskinghushpuppi-worried/ (last visited Feb. 11, 2021); Legit.ng, What Does Hushpuppi Do for a Living?, Dec. 5, 2018, https://www.legit.ng/1207409-what-hushpuppi-aliving.html (last visited Feb. 11, 2021) 2 See, e.g., WithinNigeria.com, The Richest Yahoo Boy in Nigeria 2019, Feb. 17, 2019, https://www.withinnigeria.com/2019/02/17/who-is-the-richestyahoo-boy-in-lagos-2019/ (last visited Feb. 11, 2021); Top 10 Richest Yahoo Boys in Nigeria, Jist Nigeria, August 29, 2019, https://jistnaija.com/top-10-richestyahoo-boys-in-nigeria/ (last visited Feb. 11, 2021). 3 BEC fraud schemes often involve a computer hacker gaining unauthorized access to a business-email account, blocking or redirecting communications to and/or from that email account, and then using the compromised email account or a separate fraudulent email account (sometimes called a “spoofed” email account) to communicate with personnel from a victim company and to attempt to trick them into making an unauthorized wire transfer. The fraudster will direct the unsuspecting personnel of the victim company to wire funds to the bank account of a third party (sometimes referred to as a “money mule”), which is often a bank account owned, controlled, and/or used by individuals involved in the scheme based in the United States. The money may then be laundered by wiring or transferring it through numerous bank accounts to launder the money, or by quickly withdrawing it as cash, by check, or by cashier’s check.
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Airport (“JFK”) in New York to the U.A.E., where that person hand-delivered the watch to ABBAS on about January 4, 2020. ABBAS posted a photograph of himself on Instagram wearing the watch, with the hashtag “#Rm1103,” on January 13, 2020. b. As to the $100,000 wire transfer to AGBABIAKA, ABBAS directed AGBABIAKA to withdraw the funds and convert a portion of them— minus $8,000 for AGBABIAKA, which was her cut—to Nigerian Naira, the currency of Nigeria, which she then provided to coconspirators who would deliver the funds to ABBAS. AGBABIAKA also laundered funds at ABBAS’ request by sending cashier’s checks totaling $50,000 to a coconspirator who would use the funds to fraudulently obtain St. Christopher and Nevis (“St. Kitts”) citizenship and a passport for ABBAS. ABBAS received the passport in February 2020. 10. Between approximately January 8, 2020 and February 4, 2020, JUMA and ABBAS each corresponded with the Victim Businessperson, attempting to fraudulently induce the Victim Businessperson to pay $575,000 in purported “taxes” to release the $15 million loan that the Victim Businessperson was expecting. Between February 5 and 7, 2020, the Victim Businessperson wire transferred $299,983.58 to bank accounts under JUMA’s control. 11. CHIBUZO’s messages to ABBAS during that time show that he was unhappy with the amount that, and/or speed with which, ABBAS was paying him, so he contacted the Victim Businessperson directly. CHIBUZO told the Victim Businessperson that JUMA and ABBAS were “fake,” in an attempt to convince the Victim Businessperson to stop making fraudulent payments to ABBAS and JUMA, and to make fraudulent payments to him instead. When JUMA and ABBAS learned of CHIBUZO’s interference, ABBAS arranged to have KYARI—a highly decorated Deputy Commissioner of the Nigeria Police Force—arrest CHIBUZO for interfering with the fraud scheme. ABBAS specifically told KYARI that
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CHIBUZO contacted “the job” behind ABBAS’ back to “divert the job for himself.” ABBAS asked KYARI to have the police administer the “serious beating of his life” and arranged with KYARI to pay to keep CHIBUZO imprisoned for at least a month, so that the fraud scheme could be successfully executed, and the money could be obtained. After KYARI arrested CHIBUZO, he sent ABBAS photographs of CHIBUZO in custody and later told ABBAS that he would not allow CHIBUZO’s girlfriend to pay money to get CHIBUZO out of custody as he would have done for a “normal arrest.” Following CHIBUZO’s arrest, JUMA and ABBAS convinced the Victim Businessperson to make the payments of $299,983.58 described above. 12. In mid-February 2020, the Victim Businessperson came to believe that JUMA had defrauded him/her. ABBAS—still pretending to be “Malik,” a Wells Fargo banker—purported to sympathize with the Victim Businessperson and then fraudulently induced the Victim Businessperson to make additional wire transfers of $100,000 to AGBABIAKA and $80,000 to a different coconspirator, which were laundered through a variety of means. At the same time, ABBAS led JUMA to believe that he had not received any additional payments from the Victim Businessperson. 13. Accordingly, there is probable cause to believe that ABBAS, JUMA, CHIBUZO, KYARI, FASHOLA, and AGBABIAKA committed violations of 18 U.S.C. § 1349 (Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud) and 18 U.S.C. § 1956(h) (Conspiracy to Engage in Money Laundering). III. A. STATEMENT OF PROBABLE CAUSE Identification of Defendants 14. As discussed above, ABBAS was identified and charged in Case No. 2:20-CR-00322-ODW. (The identification of ABBAS is discussed in more detail

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