Hushpuppi has publicly apologized and disclosed his fraudulent earnings in advance of his sentencing today, Monday, September 19, 2022.
According to Ghnewsfile, convicted international online fraudster Ramon “Hushpuppi” Abbas has submitted one last plea to Judge Otis D. Wright, saying he only profited $300,000 from his activities.
Mr. Abbas detailed his salesmanship origins in a handwritten letter to Mr. Wright, which was filed this past Friday in the United States District for the Central District of California.
After starting “almost 25 years ago, trading and selling sneakers and clothing in our then area,” Mr. Abbas added, “I now own my boutique across my city and abroad under the company, MONEABBAS NIG LTD.”
According to a four-part letter written by Mr. Abbas and received by Peoples Gazette, he started using Instagram in 2012 to showcase his d how his company had become prosperous.
According to research conducted, Hushpuppi incorporated Moneabbas Nigeria Ltd with the Nigerian Corporate Affairs Commission on August 4, 2016.
Mr. Abbas entered into a plea deal with U.S. officials in July 2021 after pleading guilty to fraud charges in April 2021 involving multiple millions of dollars. There were many different types of crimes recorded by intelligence agencies outside of the United Arab Emirates. These crimes included money laundering, cyber fraud, hacking, criminal impersonation, scamming individuals, banking fraud, and identity theft.
Since his arrest in Dubai in June 2020 and extradition to the United States, Mr. Abbas has been incarcerated in the latter country. Mr. Abbas said in his letter that he suffers from PTSD because of the mistreatment he endured after his arrest.
Mr. Abbas expressed regret to the federal magistrate and promised to compensate the victims financially.
Mr. Abbas wrote to the judge, “Your honor, I recognize the seriousness of my offense, and no amount of sorry can write(sic) my wrong in the hearts of the victims. For this reason, I have decided to use my money to offset the entire $1,700,000 restitution, even though I only benefited from a fraction of the entire $300,000.
Prosecutor in charge Khaldoun Shobaki stated that in addition to the $1.7 million in restitution, $500,000 in fines, and $100 in administrative expenses, Mr. Abbas should be had to pay a total of $2,100,000.
Disgraced former police officer Abba Kyari was an accessory to the crimes in the Juma case, and on Friday Mr. Wright changed his prior ruling and denied Mr. Abbas’ demand to inspect the case files. They also turned down a plea to move the sentencing date from September 19 to November 3.
The Gazette stated that Mr. Abbas’s lawyer, Louis Shapiro, and federal prosecutors could not reach an agreement on whether or not to postpone the trial before Monday’s scheduled sentence.
Attorney Shapiro argued that without access to the Juma case files, Mr. Abbas would be unable to adequately prepare for his sentencing hearing. In that case, Mr. Abbas and Kenyan national Abdulrahman Imraan Juma conned their victim into paying $330,000 into an “investor’s account” to facilitate a $15 million loan.
Former police officer Abba Kyari was indicted alongside four other people, including Mr. Abbas, on fraud charges totaling $1.1 million related to the Juma case.
Mr. Abbas had anticipated that the 11-year prison term recommended by prosecutors would be reduced. He retained the services of renowned criminal defense attorney John Iweanoge of Washington, but Iweanoge’s interstate practice application was eventually stricken from court records for technical reasons.