United States authorities have filed new accusations against prominent online fraudster Ramon ‘Hushpuppi’ Abbas, accusing him of committing fraud and laundering over $400,000 while incarcerated.
On Wednesday, US prosecutors presented documents before the U.S. District Court of California with fresh evidence indicating Mr. Abbas committed fraud and money laundering at the U.S Federal correctional facility.
Mr. Abass was allegedly involved in the acquisition and laundering of Economic Impact Payment debit cards obtained from stolen data of US citizens and residents, according to court filings.
Inmates are allowed to make phone conversations, video calls, and use the internet without being watched, according to prosecutors, in order to maintain their right to privacy.
However, between January 28 and March 4, security authorities at the penitentiary facility noticed Mr. Abbas using the internet in ways that were not permitted.
Because of the internet-related crimes for which Mr. Abbas was prosecuted, a warrant was acquired to record his activity for a week.
Mr. Abbas was discovered to have purchased 58 EIP debit cards worth $429,800 from the underground cybercriminal marketplace StimulusCard.
Economic Impact Payments are a type of financial assistance provided by the US government to US citizens under the CARES Act.
Mr. Abass pled guilty to multimillion-dollar fraud charges as part of a plea deal with US authorities, and his sentencing has been postponed until July.
The 37-year-old was apprehended in Dubai in June 2020 and extradited to the United States, where he is facing corruption allegations in Central California.