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US court confirms hushpuppi sentence date

Alleged internet fraudster Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi sentence remains unchanged. The United States Attorney’s Office for Central District of California, Los Angeles, says the September 21, 2022 sentence date for alleged international Internet fraudster.

The sentencing was initially scheduled for February 14 but it was moved to July 11 before it was again postponed for September 21 this year. 

Hushpuppi, 39, was arrested in Dubai, the United Arab Emirate (UAE) in June 2020 alongside 12 others over allegations bordering on hacking, impersonation, scamming, banking fraud, identity theft and was extradited to the US for prosecution.

His extradition to the United States had 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 N168billion. 

He pleaded guilty to the charges in July 2021 and was ordered to remain in custody pending sentencing. 

According to court documents, he risks 20 years’ imprisonment; a 3-year period of supervised release; a fine of $500,000 or twice the gross gain or gross loss resulting from the offence”

Writing by Fany Olumoye