Nigerian serial fraudster, Hushpuppi to be sentenced by US Court on Valentine’s day

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Nigerian serial fraudster, Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi will be sentenced by the United States Court on Valentine’s day.

This was disclosed by the United States attorney’s office at the central district of California.

BBC Pidgin, quoting the court’s Director of Media Relations, Thom Mrozek, said Hushpuppi has been slated for sentencing on February 14.

“The court has scheduled the case of Mr. Abbas for sentencing on February 14, 2022,” Mrozek said.

The court’s spokesperson, however, did not give any other information on the duration of trial and sentence.

Hushpuppi, who is known for his flamboyant life, was apprehended in the UAE in June 2020 alongside 11 of his collaborators over allegations bordering on hacking, impersonation, scamming, banking fraud, and identity theft.

His extradition to the United States had followed after the UAE police detailed his arrest in a special operation tagged ‘Fox Hunt 2’, where he was accused of defrauding 1.9 million victims to the tune of N168billion.

In 2021, a FBI Special Agent, Andrew Innocenti, alleged that Hushpuppi contracted the services of Abba Kyar, a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), 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 N8million or $20,600 for the arrest and detention of Vincent.

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