Nigerian internet fraudster and social media sensation, Ramon Abbass, popularly known as Hushpuppi, is set to be sentenced on September 21, 2022, according to the The United States Attorney’s Office for Central District of California, Los Angeles.
This was made known to newsmen yesterday by the court’s Director of Media Relations, Thom Mroze.
Africa Daily News, New York reports that the Nigerian, who had defrauded many people of their hard earned money before now, running into millions of dollars, has had his sentence moved three times since getting convicted in 2021.
The first came on February 14, then postponed to June 11 and now it has been put off until September 21.
Mrozek confirmed that ‘Hushpuppi is currently scheduled to be sentenced by a federal judge in Los Angeles on September 21.’
Hushpuppi had pleaded guilty to the alleged $1.1m fraud last year.
He met his waterloo when he defrauded a Qatari businessman and was subsequently arrested in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) by the Police in that country.
Federal prosecutors in the US have explained how Nigerian Instagram star conspired with North Korean hackers to siphon more than $1.3 billion from companies and banks in the U.S. as well as other countries.
Instagram sensation Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, 37, popularly known as ‘Ray Hushpuppi,’ is being fingered in a scheme that helped three North Korean computer hackers steal an undisclosed amount of funds from companies and banks, including one in Malta, in February 2019, according to the Justice Department.
‘North Korea’s operatives, using keyboards rather than guns, stealing digital wallets of cryptocurrency instead of sacks of cash, are the world’s leading bank robbers,‘ Assistant Attorney General John Demers of the Justice Department’s National Security Division said in a statement on Feb. 17.
Abbas — who has 2.5 million followers on Instagram, where he would post photos of his luxury cars — somehow found time for still more banking-related crimes, the feds say.
He worked with Ghaleb Alaumary, 37, a Canadian who was charged with laundering millions of dollars from ATMs in the U.S. and Pakistan and a bank in India, prosecutors say.