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Nigerian internet sensation and self-confessed international fraudster Abbas Ramon also known as Hushpuppi, has been sentenced to 11 years jail term in the United States.
Recall that his sentencing was postponed about 3 times before Ciaran Mc Evoy, spokesperson at the US attorney office, was quoted by BBC Pidgin to have said the sentencing was shifted to November 3.
Hushpuppi was sentenced having been found guilty of money laundering and fraudulent activities.
He will however spend only nine years in prison as he has already spent two years in prison in the US.
Hushpuppi was arrested in the UAE back in June 2020 alongside 11 of his associates over allegations bordering on hacking, impersonation, scamming, banking fraud, and identity theft.
His extradition to the United States followed after the UAE police detailed his arrest in a special operation dubbed ‘Fox Hunt 2’, where he was accused of defrauding 1.9 million victims to the tune of N168 billion.
The 39-year-old would later plead guilty to money laundering, putting him at the risk of 20 years imprisonment.
Hushpuppi Instagram Deactivated – Reasons Given
According the Instagram, Abbas Ramon used the platform to defraud and rip unsuspecting users off their hard-earned money.
I deserve lighter sentence – Hushpuppi Pleads
Recall that previously, Ramon Abbas a.k.a Hushpuppi had pleaded for lighter jail term giving reasons through his Lawyer Mr Shapiro.
Mr Abbas comes from a good family’
Determined to secure a lighter sentence for his client, Mr Shapiro chronicled Hushpuppi’s family background.
He described Hushpuppi, 39, as a “devoted husband, father and son” to his family.
Giving details of Mr Abbas’ three children who live with their mothers in London, New York and Dubai, the defence lawyer said “his children depend on his continued support,” adding, Hushpuppi “comes from a good family and has not had any prior run-ins with the law.”
Highlighting Mr Hushpuppi’s entrepreneurial skills by pursuing his dreams of having a personal business, Mr Shapiro noted that “he worked hard and created opportunities for himself.”
The lawyer explained that Mr Abbas’ decision to plead guilty in the case has “forced” his ailing parents to move to secret locations due to the danger they have been exposed to in Nigeria.