Popular Nigerian Instagram celebrity Raymond Igbalode Abbas better known as ‘Hushipuppi’ facing wire fraud charges in the United States of America has dumped his Chicago for a government lawyer after his case was transferred to California.
Hushpuppi alongside his gangs were arrested in Dubai last Month, for money laundering and other related Cybercrime offenses, he was however extradited to the U.S on July 3, 2020.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI) had earlier alleged that ‘Hushpuppi’ was part of a network that made “hundreds of millions of dollars” from business email compromise frauds and other scams.
Also the United States Government alleged that ‘Hushpuppi’ was funding his extravagant lifestyle on social media with stolen money.
Meanwhile, ‘Hushpuppi’ hired a professional lawyer who is good at handling criminal cases, Mr. Gal Pissetzky of the Pissetzky and Berliner law firm as his attorney.
However,Mr. Pissetzky had earlier argued that ‘hushpuppi’ made his money from advertising for companies online and from real estate management.
Meanwhile, a court situated in Chicago denied him bail and insisted that he remain in detention until his next trial later in the year.
According to report, his case would still be transferred to Central District of California for prosecution in the next trial.
“Accordingly, Defendant is ordered removed to the Central District of California in the custody of the U.S. Marshal forthwith. As provided by 18 U.S.C. § 3142(f), Defendant is remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal and shall remain in custody until further order of the Court,” Justice Gilbert ruled.
The Clerk of the U.S Court in Chicago, Thomas G. Bruton, singed Mr. Abbas’ transferred documents on Tuesday, in the documents it was indicated that his cases has been transferred to Central District of California for prosecution.
However, Mr. Abbas ordered that he should not be singed for by Mr. Pissetzky but rather request the court to give him another counsel who sign for him.
If found guilty ‘hushpuppi’ will bag jail terms of not less than 20 year in the U.S prison.