The United States Attorney’s Office at the Central District of California says that Ramon Abbas, aka, Hushpuppi, will be sentenced on February 14, 2022. According to Thom Mrozek,the court’s Director of Media Relations, Hushpuppi, a Nigerian Instagram sensation, was scheduled for sentencing after pleading guilty to various offences bordering on internet scam and money laundering. The document was signed by Hushpuppi; his lawyer, Loius Shapiro; Acting United States Attorney, Tracy Wilkison, amongst others.
Following a plea agreement he signed last year, 37-year-old Hushpuppi risks 20 years in jail, a fine of $500,000, or twice the gross gain or gross loss resulting from his offence. Valentine’s Day is not one Abass will love to spend in a court awaiting a judge’s verdict on criminal charges. In the past, it was one day Hushpuppi would blow his horn and flaunt his wealth.
Also, the court had ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation to arrest the suspended Head of the Intelligence Response Team,DCP Abba Kyari, for his alleged role in a $1m scam allegedly perpetrated by Hushpuppi and five others.
However, in December 2021, Mrozek declined comments on the warrant of arrest the court issued months earlier that the FBI should apprehend Kyari and other defendants in the case.
The Dubai Police in the United Arab Emirates had in June 2020 arrested Hushpuppi and his gang. They were later extradited to the US for prosecution by the FBI.
The FBI Special Agent, Andrew Innocenti, had alleged that Hushpuppi contracted the services of Kyari after a “co-conspirator,” Chibuzo Vincent, allegedly threatened to expose the alleged $1.1m fraud committed against a Qatari businessman.
Innocenti, who said he obtained voice calls and WhatsApp conversations between Kyari and Hushpuppi, had also alleged that the latter paid the police officer N8m or $20,600 for the arrest and detention of Vincent.
Author: Okunlola Kayode. F