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Hushpuppi Pleads Guilty: Faces Up To 20 Years Imprisonment

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Hushpuppi pleads guilty

Nigerian influencer Ramon Abbas – also known as Hushpuppi – has pleaded guilty to money laundering in a US court.

Hushpuppi, 37, is known for posting photos of his lavish lifestyle on Instagram, where he has 2.5m followers.

Hushpuppi pleads guilty to money laundering

Hushpuppi pleads guilty to money laundering

Court documents filed in California said Hushpuppi’s crimes cost victims almost $24m (£17m) in total.

In one scheme, Hushpuppi attempted to steal more than $1.1m from someone who wanted to fund a new children’s school in Qatar, the documents said.

Court records unsealed this week show he pleaded guilty to this charge on 20 April.

The documents state that between 18 January 2019 and 9 June 2020, Hushpuppi and others targeted multiple victims and laundered the illicit funds in banks all over the world.

They add that he could face up to 20 years in prison, and will need to “pay full restitution to the victim(s)”.

Hushpuppi was arrested in Dubai, where he lived, in June 2020.

In a statement, acting United States Attorney Tracy Wilkinson said Hushpuppi and others faked the financing of the school “by playing the roles of bank officials and creating a bogus website”.

They also “bribed a foreign official to keep the elaborate pretence going after the victim was tipped off”.

Hushpuppi, who she said “played a significant role” in the scam, “funded his luxurious lifestyle by laundering illicit proceeds generated by con artists”.

Kristi Johnson, acting director of the FBI’s Los Angeles office, said Hushpuppi was one of the “most high-profile money launderers in the world”.

His “celebrity status and ability to make connections seeped into legitimate organisations and led to several spin-off schemes in the US and abroad”, she said.

His guilty plea was “a crucial blow to this international network”.

 

 

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A Page Of Spider-Man Comic Book History Just Sold For $3 million

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A Page Of Spider-Man Comic Book History Just Sold For $3 million

A seminal moment of Spider-Man history, sketched on a single page of a Marvel comic, just became the most expensive page from a comic book ever sold at auction.

The page, which depicts Spider-Man’s first time donning the infamous all-black suit, fetched $3.36 million at auction earlier this week, becoming the “world’s most valuable page of original comic book artwork,” according to Heritage Auctions.

Another page from the same comic was sold for $288,000. Together, the two pages of Spider-Man history sold for $3,648,000, Heritage Auctions said.

“Today’s results prove what we’ve long been saying: Comic book art is as beloved and valuable as anything put on canvas,” said Joe Mannarino, who heads Heritage Auctions’ department of comics and comic art in New York, in a statement.

The auction house didn’t reveal the winning bidder, but whoever it was clearly knew their Spider-Man history. The pages came from the Marvel crossover series “Secret Wars,” in which beloved heroes squared off against classic villains on a planet called Battleworld.

In the eighth installment of the limited series, published in 1984, Spidey encounters an alien symbiote — sound familiar? — who gloms onto his traditional red-and-blue suit, which he damaged in battle.

“That glob just — just spread out and became a costume — and dissolved away the tatters of my old one in the process!” Spidey exclaims on the 25th page.

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But once our web-slinger dons his new suit, the symbiote drastically alters his personality — per Marvel, he’s no longer a quippy good guy but a “vengeance-fueled vigilante.”

Spider-Man eventually splits from the symbiote after the conclusion of “Secret Wars” — long story, but Mister Fantastic himself has to do some science to get it off Spidey once and for all — and that alien goo finds its way to a more suitable host — Eddie Brock, who goes on to become Venom.

The film version of Spidey found his way to the black suit, too, though the fusion earned decidedly mixed reviews. In “Spider-Man 3,” Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker donned the symbiote suit and got snippy with his beloved Mary Jane, damaging their relationship. It also inflated his ego to the point where he danced in the streets of Manhattan, an uncomfortable but eternal piece of film history.

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Vic Mensa Finally Breaks Silence After ‘Mushrooms Arrest’

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JUST IN: Rapper Vic Mensa Arrested In US After Returning Home From Ghana

The Rapper was returning from his Ghana trip. U.S customs officers reportedly pulled Vic aside for a secondary search and discovered he was carrying Psilocybin (the scientific name for shrooms) which remains illegal in America.

The Ghanaian-American rapper who met Nana Addo a few days ago with Chance The Rapper a few days ago taken into custody Saturday at the Dulles International Airport.

We’re told the feds are still testing the substance they allegedly found to confirm it is what they think it is,” TMZ said when it broke the story two days ago. According to the outlet, Vic Mensa has been booked for felony narcotics possession.

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The rapper in latest twitter posts discloses that he has been released from police custody. “I’m freeeeeee love you all god works in mysterious ways,” he tweeted. In another post he said “wow what a trip“. It’s however unclear if the charge against him has been dropped.

According to search, “psilocybin mushrooms, commonly known as magic mushrooms, mushrooms or shrooms, are a polyphyletic, informal group of fungi that contain psilocybin which turns into psilocin upon ingestion” hence it is considered as narcotics.

 

 

 

 

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Former Vogue Editor-At-Large André Leon Talley Reportedly Dies At 73

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Former Vogue Editor-At-Large André Leon Talley Reportedly Dies At 73

If you know anything about the fashion industry, you know Andre Leon Talley was crowned Fashions Godfather after he became the news director of Vogue in the 1980’s. Soon after, he worked as the magazine’s editor-at-large and creative director until 2013.

Aside from his work at the biggest fashion magazine in the world, Talley is known for trailblazing the way for more people of color to work in the fashion industry in magazines, on runways, and in design.

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Andre Leon Talley was a trusted voice in fashion and his stacked resume speaks to the many things he accomplished throughout his career! After departing from Vogue, Talley continued to work side-by-side with the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, and he even went on to become a judge on ‘America’s Next Top Model’ and a stylist for The Obama’s.

 

 

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