Woodberry, associate of Hushpuppi reportedly falls ill at the Moshannon prison in the U.S.


There is a piece of unconfirmed news that Mr. Olalekan Jacob Ponle, also known as Woodberry, a close associate who was arrested with Ray Hushpuppi has fallen ill.

According to an unconfirmed scoop from popular Nigerian investigative journalist, Dr, Kemi Olunloyo, (the person who broke the news about the arrest of Hushpuppi and Woodberry), he fell ill nine days after his incarceration at the Moshannon Valley Correctional Center.

“Hushpuppi and Woodberry have spent 9 days in Moshannon federal prison. Sadly Woodberry has fallen ill and being treated. They did not expect this. Criminal Fraudsters $450M,” she said.

Popularly known as Moshannon Valley Correctional Center or Moshannon Valley CI is a federal prison for men located in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania, privately operated by the GEO Group under contract with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. It has a prisoner capacity of 1,878.

PageOne.ng cannot confirm the authenticity of the news. The police authorities in Dubai did not also state whether they are keeping Hushpuppi, Woodberry and his other associates in their custody.

Out of all the suspects arrested with Hushpuppi, Woodberry is perhaps another high profile person. He was known to be stupendously rich without a visible source of his wealth. Unlike Hushpuppi, Woodberry is less open with his wealth. However, in March of 2019,  he announced that he acquired a twin collection of 2019 edition of Lamborghini Urus at over $200,000 and the 2019 Rolls Royce black badge dawn.

Woodberry posing in front of one of his collections of luxury cars. Source: naijaloaded.com.ng

Last week Thursday, the police in Dubai released the video showing the moment when Ray Hushpuppi was arrested.

The video was titled: ” @DubaiPoliceHQ takedown “Hushpuppi”, “Woodberry”, ten international cybercriminals in a special operation dubbed “Fox Hunt 2” was released on the official Twitter page of Dubai Police.

“Commander-in-Chief Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri: The arrest of ‘Hushpuppi’,’Woodberry’ & 10 gang members involved in money laundry & cyber fraud activities, is another achievement added to the proud record of Dubai police in ensuring the emirate’s security and safety,” the statement said.
Dubai Police said in the two parts video that Hushpuppi and his associates must have defrauded over 1.9 million people. The Police said Hushpuppi was tracked to have stolen up to N169,007,957,760 which an equivalent of 1.6 billion Dirhams.
“We seized more than Dh150 million in cash from them and confiscated 13 luxury cars worth Dh25 million,” Dubai police chief, Jamal Salem Al Jallaf told the city’s major daily.”

“A video circulated online by Dubai authorities said officers confiscated 21 computers, 47 mobile phones, 15 memory sticks and five hard disks containing 119,580 in alleged fraud files.”

“A total of 1,926,400 victims were said to have been targeted by the syndicate in a scheme that spanned several months.”

“13 luxury cars estimated to be worth over 25 million dirhams (N2.6 billion) were also seized from the gang,” the statement said.