Movember 05, (THEWILL) – United States Attorney’s Office for Central District of California, Los Angeles, has debunked reports that alleged international internet fraudster, Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi, has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.
“The sentencing is now scheduled for Monday, November 7″, the court’s Director of Media Relations, Thom Mrozek said.
Hushpuppi was in June 2020 arrested in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, over an extensive fraud scheme that has robbed victims of their money in the U.S, Qatar, the United Kingdom and other places.
He was accused of conspiracy to launder money obtained from business email, compromise frauds and other scams including schemes that defrauded a US law firm of about $40 million, illegally transferred $14.7 million from a foreign financial institution, and targeted to steal $124 million from an English Premier League club.
Until his arrest by the Dubai Police in June 2020 and subsequent extradition to the United States, Hushpuppi posted pictures and videos of his lavish spending on exotic cars, watches, designer clothes, bags from expensive brands like Gucci, Fendi, and Louis Vuitton, and of himself boarding helicopters with celebrities, footballers, and Nigerian politicians, or while on charter jets.
He claimed to be a real estate developer. He also holds a passport from St Kitts and Nevis.
On the night his apartment at the Palazzo Versace was raided in an operation code-named Fox Hunt 2, Abbas was arrested alongside eleven others in six simultaneous raids. Detectives seized more than 150 million dirhams (about $40 million) in cash, 13 luxury cars worth Dh 25 million ($7M), 21 laptops, 47 smartphones, 15 memory storage devices, 5 external hard drives and 800,000 emails of potential victims alongside suitcases full of cash.
The arrest was part of an FBI investigation that indicted him as being a ‘key player’ in a transnational cybercrime network that provided “safe havens for stolen money around the world.”
Upon his arrival in the United States on July 3, 2020, he was accused of conspiring to launder ‘hundreds of millions of dollars’.
In a final appeal to Judge Otis Wright ahead of his scheduled sentencing on September 19, 2022, Hushpuppi wrote a personal letter to the court narrating his source of wealth, criminal adventure and regrets.
He apologised to his family members for bringing them shame while commending the FBI for doing a thorough job while bringing him to justice.
On September 19, 2022, Judge Otis Wright delayed Hushpuppi’s sentencing to November 3, 2022. The Judge had initially rejected the plea of the defendant’s motion for a delay of judgement.