According to court documents, Ramon Abbas, also known as Ray Hushpuppi, has claimed that he bribed Nigeria’s celebrated police chief Abba Kyari.
The infamous con artist had pleaded guilty to money laundering conspiracy and was facing up to 20 years in prison.
Hushpuppi will be sentenced in the coming weeks and will be required to forfeit some of his assets as well as his right to appeal, as well as pay restitution to the victims of his years-long fraud.
Officials said in court filings that Hushpuppi admitted to paying bribes to Abba Kyari, a deputy police commissioner, to have one of his rivals arrested and jailed in Nigeria following a dispute over a $1.1 million dupe of a Qatari businessperson.
Abbas requested that Kyari arrest and imprison a fellow fraudster, Kelly Chibuzor Vincent, after the two became embroiled in a feud over how to divide the $1.1 million loot received from the Qatari businessman.
Following that, Vincent contacted the victim and informed them that they were being conned by a ring led by him and Abbas.
This elicited anger from Huhspuppi, who contacted Kyari to arrest and jail his rival over the dispute. Abbas said Kyari sent pictures of Vincent in jail and subsequently sent his bank account number to Abbas to which a wire transfer should be made having done a good job as sent by Abbas.
“Court documents outline a dispute among members of the conspiracy, which allegedly prompted Vincent to contact the victim and claim that Abbas and Juma were engaged in fraud. After this contact, Abbas allegedly arranged to have Vincent jailed in Nigeria by Abba Alhaji Kyari, 46, of Nigeria.
“According to the affidavit, Kyari is a highly decorated deputy commissioner of the Nigeria Police Force who is alleged to have arranged for Vincent to be arrested and jailed at Abbas’ behest, and then sent Abbas photographs of Vincent after his arrest.
Kyari also allegedly sent Abbas bank account details for an account into which Abbas could deposit payment for Vincent’s arrest and imprisonment,” U.S. Justice department said in a statement.
After the $1.1 million fraud was successful, Hushpuppi spent $230,000 on a watch and also bribed officials at St. Kitts and Nevis for his citizenship of that island country.
“Approximately $230,000 of the stolen funds allegedly were used to purchase a Richard Mille RM11-03 watch, which was hand delivered to Abbas in Dubai and subsequently appeared in Hushpuppi’s social media posts.
“Other illicit proceeds from the scheme were allegedly converted into cashier’s checks, including $50,000 in checks that were used by Abbas and a co-conspirator to fraudulently acquire a St. Christopher and Nevis citizenship, as well as a passport for Abbas obtained by creating a false marriage certificate and then bribing a government official in St. Kitts,” officials said.