Hushpuppi, a famous Instagram sensation, has reportedly committed another major fraud while he was said to have been locked up in a prison cell in the United States, US.
The fraudster received new charges as U.S prosecutors submitted court documents showing how he committed a scam and laundered over $400k from behind bars.
It was learnt that the U.S prosecutors presented documents before the United States District Court of California on Wed 16th March 2022 with fresh evidence indicting HushPuppi of committing fraud and money laundering in the U.S Federal correctional facility.
The court documents stated that Hushpuppi, while in U.S Federal correctional facility, participated in the purchase and laundering of Economic Impact Payment debit cards fraudulently obtained from stolen data of U.S citizens and residents.
Economic Impact Payments are financial support offered by the US government to U.S residents according to the CARES Act. One of the ways eligible U.S residents receive their Economic Impact Payments is by debit cards.
From the documents presented in court, it was found that hackers use data of U.S residents to file and obtain Economic Impact Payments debit cards. They sell off these EIP cards in underground marketplaces to other cybercriminals.
In the court document, U.S prosecutors mentioned that inmates are allowed access to phone calls, video calls, the internet, and computers with limited usage but not monitored because inmates have the right to privacy. Hushpuppi also received this access like other inmates.
However, between 28th Jan and 4th Mar 2022, security officers at the US Federal correctional facility observed more usage of the internet by Hushpuppi. Knowing that he was arrested for internet-related crimes, they obtained a warrant to record his activities.