Hushpuppi Not Guilty, Runs Legitimate Business – Lawyer
2 months ago Femi Olasunkanmi 0
The lawyer representing Ramon Abbas (a.k.a Hushpuppi) has stated the Instagram celebrity and internet frausdter is innocent of all charges and that he “was running a legitimate business and a very legitimate Instagram account and did not take part in any scam or fraud.”Hushpuppi is currently held at MCC Chicago Prison.
This was confirmed by a search conducted by newsmen on the US Federal Bureau of Prisons website using the Find an Inmate feature.
A press statement on his arrest by the US Department of Justice read; “A Dubai resident who flaunted his extravagant lifestyle on social media has arrived in the United States to face criminal charges alleging he conspired to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from business email compromise (BEC) frauds and other scams, including schemes targeting a U.S. law firm, a foreign bank and an English Premier League soccer club.”
“In 2019 alone, the FBI recorded $1.7 billion in losses by companies and individuals victimized through business email compromise scams, the type of scheme Mr. Abbas is charged with conducting from abroad,” said Paul Delacourt, the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office.
Hushpuppi legal representative, Gal Pissetzky of Pissetzky & Berliner, told Forbes that he is “Absolutely not guilty of [the] charges they are accusing him of,” adding, “[Abbas] was running a legitimate business and a very legitimate Instagram account and did not take part in any scam or fraud.”
Asked how Abbas paid for his lifestyle, Hushpuppi lawyer told the magazine, “He’s an entrepreneur. He has real estate involvement … [he’s] an Instagram personality. He was promoting brands and that’s how he was very legitimately making his money.”
If convicted of conspiracy to engage in money laundering, Abbas would face a statutory sentence up to 20 years in the US federal prison.