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US Court postpones sentencing of Nigerian fraudster, Hushpuppi

Judge Otis Wright of a US Central District Court in California has postponed the sentencing of Nigerian fraudster Ramon Abass known as Hushpuppi until September 21 after nearly two years of his arrest and detention.

US Court postpones sentencing of Nigerian fraudster, Hushpuppi
US Court postpones sentencing of Nigerian fraudster, Hushpuppi

Defendant Ramon Olorunwa Abbas’s sentencing has been postponed until September 21, 2022, at 1:30 p.m. before Judge Otis D. Wright II.

Hushpuppi, according to court filings from the US Department of Justice (DoJ), pleaded guilty to US government charges of multi-million dollar fraud in April 2021.

There were various cyber and corporate email compromise schemes that totaled more than $24 million losses when Hushpuppi’s plea agreement was submitted in June, according to a version of the agreement.

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Prosecutors said his plea deal with the U.S. government states in part, “Conspiracy to Engage in Money Laundering,” an offense that can result in a maximum term of 20 years in prison and other penalties, including full restitution.

When one of Hushpuppi’s victims found out about the elaborate scheme, the acting US attorney, Tracy L. Wilkison, said that the school’s funding had been faked, she said that Hushpuppi had taken on the roles of bank officials and created a fake website to keep the pretense going after the victim was made aware of it.

As stated by Wilkison, “Hushpuppi played a vital role in the plan, funded his luxury lifestyle by laundering unlawful earnings generated by con artists who utilize increasingly sophisticated tactics.”

in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) in June 2020. He was then flown to the United States. The accusations against him were dropped after he admitted guilt in July 2021 and was ordered to be detained until a verdict was reached.

Judge Wright initially moved the sentencing hearing from February 14 to July 11; however, at the counsel’s request, it has now been moved to September 21.

Since his arrest in Dubai and transfer to the United States in June 2020, he has been detained.

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