Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, a Nigerian national, also known as Hushpuppi, who is now in jail in California awaiting trial on charges of cyber fraud, was today linked by the FBI to North Korean hackers who are said to be the world’s largest bank robbers.
A Department of Justice statement released Friday details Abbas’ involvement in “a February 2019 North Korean cyber heist from a Maltese bank.”
He acted as a collaborator with a notorious North Korean money launderer, Ghaleb Alaumary, who is based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
Alaumary, 37, is one of several people charged today by the FBI in the criminal scheme. The others are three North Koreans.
“Alaumary has agreed to plead guilty to the charges, which were filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Nov. 17, 2020,” according to the statement.
“Alaumary was a prolific money launderer who engaged in ATM withdrawal schemes, computer-assisted bank robberies, business email compromise (BEC) schemes and other online fraud schemes for hackers. alaumary was also indicted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia for his involvement in another BEC scheme.
“As for the activities of the North Korean co-conspirators, Alaumary organized teams of co-conspirators in the United States and Canada to launder millions of dollars obtained through ATM cash withdrawal transactions, including from BankIslami and a bank in India in 2018.
“Alaumary also conspired with Ramon Olorunwa Abbas (aka “Ray Hushpuppi”) and others to launder funds from a North Korean cyber heist from a bank in Malta in February 2019.”