Tuesday, 14 July 2020

No bail for Hushpuppi- US Judge rules

Suspected Nigerian fraudster Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi has just been denied access to bail in US.

This comes days after his revered lawyer Gal Pissetzky claimed that Hushpuppi is into real Estate and equally a brand influencer. He equally insisted that his job as an Instagram celebrity paid for the $10,000 monthly rent on his luxury Dubai flat.

His lawyers had applied for him to leave jail with an electronic tag and live with the uncle of a woman with whom he has a child with, but US prosecutors opposed the bail application. UAE's The National reported that prosecutors said he could commit crimes with just a smartphone and an internet connection, and that he posed too much of a flight risk, according to LIB.

 According to Pissetzky in a video link to the Chicago Judge:

 “He is loved and respected. He is a celebrity. 
“I don’t see the reason why he would want to ruin his credibility in the world and his status rather than stay here and face this allegation.

“Anywhere he goes, people will know. Having grown up very poor in Nigeria, Mr Abbas is now paid to pose with high-priced items such as Louis Vuitton bags that people would buy after seeing his posts on Instagram. 

“He is an influencer. That’s a job today, as much as it is hard to imagine. That’s a full-time job.”

 Unfortunately for Hushpuppi, Judge Jeffrey Gilbert who watched the proceedings from a prison video link, denied Hushpuppi bail on grounds of him being a flight risk, and ordered that he be remanded in custody until he is taken to a court in California.