Hushpuppi: Social media influencer who funded his luxurious lifestyle by cybercrime

Ramon Abbas – better known as Hushpuppi to his millions of followers – has pleaded guilty to money laundering in a US court.

The Nigerian social media influencer was famous for his extravagant lifestyle, showing off his designer clothing, luxury holidays, and expensive cars to 2.5million Instagram followers and 1.3 million Snapchat subscribers.

But unknown to his fans, his lifestyle was funded by cybercrime.

Originally from humble beginnings in Lagos, the so-called ‘billionaire Gucci master’ living a life of luxury in Dubai is now facing a 20-year jail sentence in the USA – and the FBI have dubbed him one of the world’s most high-profile money launderers.

File on 4’s Hush Money: The Rise and fall of an International Fraudster is on BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday 13 September at 20:00 GMT and available afterwards on BBC Sounds.

Reporter: Princess Abumere

Producer: Helen Clifton

Filmed and edited: Joshua Akinyemi

Animations: Mayowa Alabi

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