Hushpuppi, a well-known Instagram personality, has been charged once more after US officials provided court documents revealing how he committed fraud and laundered over $400k while detained.
On March 16, 2022, US prosecutors presented new evidence to the United States District Court for the Central District of California accusing HushPuppi of fraud and money laundering in a federal prison in the United States.
While incarcerated in a federal prison in the United States, Hushpuppi engaged in the purchase and laundering of Economic Impact Payment debit cards obtained fraudulently from stolen data of US citizens and residents, according to court filings.
Under the CARES Act, the US government provides Economic Impact Payments to US citizens. One of the ways qualified US people to receive their Economic Impact Payments is using debit cards.
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Hackers are allegedly using data from US citizens to apply for and get Economic Impact Payments debit cards, according to court documents. On underground markets, they sell these EIP cards to other cyber criminals.
According to a court filing, convicts have limited access to phone calls, video conversations, the internet, and computers, but they are not monitored since they have a right to privacy. Hushpuppi, like the other inmates, was given permission to visit.
However, between the 28th of January and the 4th of March 2022, security officials at a US Federal jail facility discovered Hushpuppi surfing the internet more regularly.
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After learning that Hushpuppi had been arrested for internet-related crimes, they were given an order to monitor his actions. A specific system was created for him, and his activities were recorded for seven days.
Hushpuppi was discovered to be buying EIP debit cards from StimulusCard (“https://stimuluscard.com/”), an underground cybercriminal marketplace.
Hushpuppi used the service to buy 58 EIP debit cards for $429,800 and then laundered the money through one AJ.