'Hushpuppi' (centre) pictured along with other arrested criminals.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Christopher Wray has praised the exceptional efforts exerted by the United Arab Emirate, represented by the Dubai Police General HQ, in combating transnational organised cybercrime including the recent arrest of Raymond Igbalode Abbas, known as "Hushpuppi" and Olalekan Jacob Ponle aka "Woodberry" who were taken down in operation "Fox Hunt 2.”
Wray also extended his appreciations to Dubai Police for their cooperation in extraditing the wanted criminals, who committed money-laundering and multiple cybercrimes, to the United States.
Recently, the Dubai Police has arrested the two wanted fraudsters, "Hushpuppi" and "Woodberry" along with ten African cybercriminals in a special operation dubbed "Fox Hunt 2."
The operation took down the suspects for committing crimes outside the UAE, including money-laundering, cyber fraud, hacking, criminal impersonating, scamming individuals, banking fraud and identity theft.
The suspects were caught in a series of synchronised raids by six SWAT teams from Dubai Police who foiled the gang's bid to deceive many people from around the world and steal their money.
The director of Dubai CID, Brigadier Jamal Salem Al Jallaf said the raid resulted in confiscating incriminating documents of a planned fraud on a global scale worth Dhs1.6 billion ($ 435 million).
"The team also seized more than Dhs150 million ($40.9 million) in cash, 13 luxury cars with an estimated value of Dhs25 million ($6.8 million) obtained from fraud crimes, and confiscated 21 computer devices, 47 smartphones, 15 memory sticks, five hard disks containing 119,580 fraud files as well as addresses of 1,926,400 victims", he said.
After conducting further investigations and analysing confiscated electronic devices, Dubai Police investigators uncovered sensitive information mined by the suspects on individuals and companies overseas including bank accounts and fake credit cards as well as documents and files condemning the gangs' illegal activities.
The two got in touch with each other through social media platforms, and had agreed to be in a relationship after the suspect had lied about his nationality and pretended to be an Emirati.
According to Brigadier Saif Muhair Al Mazrouei, director of Dubai Traffic Police, the police patrol was on its regular duty when they spotted the reckless driver driving his SUV recklessly.
The police have urged the public to report beggars who take advantage of the blessed month of Ramadan to draw sympathy and beg money from passersby,
Two of the gang members came to take the narcotics upon the instructions of their leaders, Hareb said, adding that the suspects took out part of the narcotics estimated at 22 kilograms of crystal from the warehouse to a Sharjah industrial area to be hidden until new instructions would be received.
The US Geological Survey said the quake was centered about 33 kilometres (20 miles) from Gaziantep, a major city and provincial capital. It was centered 18 kilometres (11 miles) deep, and a strong 6.7 aftershock rumbled about 10 minutes later.
Suspect had a criminal record and was jailed pending a case of illegal trade in foreign exchange outside the banking market at black market prices.
On Sunday, the Iraqi Ministry of Interior announced the arrest of a man suspected of killing his wife in Diwaniyah Governorate of central Iraq.