Nigerian journalist Deji Faremi has claimed that suspected fraudster, Ray Hushpuppi scammed a Serie A club two years ago.
Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, a.k.a. Ray Hushpuppi, is facing multiple cybercrimes and money laundering charges in the United States, the Department of Justice has said.
The Dubai-based Nigerian, 37, was arrested last month by UAE law enforcement officials. FBI special agents few weeks ago obtained custody of Hushpuppi and extradited him to the United States, alongside his accomplice, Olalekan Jacob Ponle, popularly known as Woodberry.
The list of Hushpuppi’s crime is growing as it has been revealed that it was the fraudster and his gang who were responsible for a £2m scam of Italian Serie A team Lazio.
In 2018, an Italian newspaper Il Tempo reported that Serie A giants, Lazio were tricked into paying the final installment of the deal they struck for Dutch defender Stefan de Vrij from Feyenoord to the wrong bank account.
De Vrij, 26, signed for Lazio from Feyenoord in 2014 having impressed at that summer’s World Cup, penning a four-year contract.
The report claims that hackers with knowledge of the deal sent Lazio an email that appeared to be from Feyenoord asking for the €2m payment to the bank account details supplied.
Lazio then paid that money to the account, but the Eredivisie champions never received the cash and claim that they have no knowledge of the email.
Il Tempo claimed that the prosecutor that looked into the case tracked down the money to a Dutch bank account – but it isn’t Feyenoord’s.
According to Deji, the scam that Lazio fell for in 2018 when it paid the final €2 million installments of Stefan De Vrij transfer fee into an account pretending to be Feyenoord’s was masterminded by Hushpuppi.
The Journalist revealed this in a tweet, where he wrote; “Remember in 2018 when Lazio reportedly fell for a scam and paid the final €2 million installments of Stefan De Vrij transfer fee into an account pretending to be Feyenoord’s?
Yup, that was Hushpuppi.”
See his tweet below;
Remember in 2018 when Lazio reportedly fell for a scam, and paid the final €2 million instalment of Stefan De Vrij transfer fee into an account pretending to be Feyenoord's?
Yup, that was Hushpuppi. pic.twitter.com/JNsASGV0VE
— Deji Faremi (@deejayfaremi) July 5, 2020
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