Gary Warner, the Director of Research in Computer Forensics at the University of Alabama, has said Hushpuppi didn’t commit $400,000 fraud inside prison.
On Wednesday, multiple reports had stated that US prosecutors presented documents before the U.S. District Court of California with fresh evidence indicating Mr Abbas committed fraud and money laundering at the U.S Federal correctional facility.
The documents said Mr Abass was involved in the purchase and laundering of Economic Impact Payment debit cards obtained from stolen data of U.S. citizens and residents.
According to prosecutors, inmates are allowed access to phone calls, video calls, the internet, exempt from being monitored to protect their rights to privacy. However, between January 28 and March 4, security officers at the correctional facility observed that Mr Abbas had gone beyond allowed internet use.
Reacting to the reports, Gary Warner, the Director of Research in Computer Forensics at the University of Alabama, said the document shared to back the report is a doctored version of a June 2020 affidavit.
Warner added that the edited document was intended to get people to visit a scammer website.
He tweeted: “People are asking me if it is true that #Hushpuppi laundered $400,000 in #Stimulus cards from in prison.
“The document they show is an edit of a June 2020 Affidavit. The new version is fake, intended to get people to visit a scammer EIP website.”