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Again, court postpones sentencing of Hushpuppi

A Central District Court in the midwestern US state of California has again postponed the sentencing of alleged fraudster, Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi, for the fourth time.

According to court notice obtained by Premium Times, the trial judge, Otis Wright, has now fixed November 7, 2022, as the new date to sentence Hushpuppi.

  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 and identity theft.

He was thereupon extradited to the US for prosecution.

His extradition had come after 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. 

In July, 2021, he agreed to plead guilty to the multi-million-dollar fraud charges slammed against him by the American government.

The court notice obtained by the media reads: “COUNSEL ARE NOTIFIED, the Sentencing is CONTINUED to November 7, 2022 at 11:30AM as to Defendant Ramon Olorunwa Abbas.”

The sentence hearing was initially moved by Judge Wright from February 14 to July 11 before again shifting it to September 21 and now November 7.

Back in July, 2021, Abass entered into a plea bargain agreement with the US government in the hope of getting a lighter punishment.

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 offense. 

Writing by Fany Olumoye; Editing by Tony Okerafor