Hushpuppi Gets Jail Term Reduced To 11yrs By US Government
9 Sep 2022
Infamous internet fraudster Ramon Abbas, aka, HushPuppi, has had his jail term reduced to 11 years by the US government.
Prosecutors in the United States have asked a federal judge Otis Wright to sentence Abbas, to 11 years in prison and three years of supervised release on top of $1.7m in restitution for his role in a multinational conspiracy.
American attorneys led by Khaldoun Shobaki in the U.S. Central District of California said: “The government recommends that defendant be sentenced to 135 months’ imprisonment, followed by a three-year term of supervised release, and that defendant be ordered to pay restitution of $1,732,841.34, a fine of $500,0000 and a mandatory special assessment of $100.”
Hushpuppi himself appealed to Judge Wright, to temper justice with mercy and a lighter jail term.
Abbas is said to have assisted the US government in unraveling other criminal cases while he was serving time.
The Nigerian has also had good behavior while incarcerated, earning certifications in different fields and enrolling in several skill acquisition programmes while serving his time.
Hushpuppi was arrested in Dubai, the United Arab Emirate (UAE) in June 2020, and subsequently flown to the U.S., where he pleaded guilty to the charges in July 2021.
He was initially scheduled for sentencing on February 14 but it was moved to July 11 before it was postponed to September 21, 2022.
His lawyers are said to be pushing for an even lighter sentence of three years with $2 million restitution for his “very good” behavioral since 2020.