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Jus In: Hushpuppi commits fresh $400k fraud from inside US prison
  • Hushpuppi, a popular Instagram personality, has been charged again after US authorities filed court records detailing how he committed fraud and laundered over $400k while incarcerated.
  • On March 16, 2022, US prosecutors presented documents to the United States District Court of California with new evidence accusing HushPuppi of perpetrating fraud and money laundering in a federal jail facility in the United States.

According to court records, Hushpuppi engaged in the acquisition and washing of Economic Impact Payment debit cards obtained fraudulently from stolen data of US citizens and residents while incarcerated in a federal prison in the United States.

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 US 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 cyber criminals.

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In the court document, US prosecutors mentioned that inmates are allowed access to phone calls, video calls, the internet, and computers with limited usage but they are not monitored because inmates have right to their 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 Hushpuppi was arrested for internet related crimes, they obtained a warrant to record Hushpuppi activities. A dedicated system was setup for him and his activities were recorded for 7 days.

It was found that Hushpuppi was actively buying EIP debit cards from an underground cyber criminal marketplace called StimulusCard (“https://stimuluscard.com/”). While being recorded, Hushpuppi bought a total of 58 EIP debit cards with a total value of $429,800 on the site and laundered the money through one AJ.

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