Ramon Abbas, aka Hushpuppi, has had his sentencing postponed four times by a federal court in California’s Central District.
In June 2020, Hushpuppi and 12 other people were detained in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), on suspicion of hacking, impersonation, fraud, banking, and identity theft. Hushpuppi was later extradited to the US for criminal prosecution.
His extradition to the United States followed after the UAE police detailed his arrest where he was accused of defrauding 1.9 million victims to the tune of N168billion.
In July 2021, he agreed to plead guilty to the multi-million-dollar fraud charges slammed against him by the American government.
Abass entered into a plea bargain agreement with the U.S. government in July 2021 in the hope of getting a lighter punishment.
However, the trial judge, Otis Wright, has fixed November 7 2022 as the new date to sentence Hushpuppi.
“COUNSEL ARE NOTIFIED, the Sentencing is CONTINUED to November 7, 2022 at 11:30 a.m. as to Defendant Ramon Olorunwa Abbas,” the court’s announcement shifting the sentencing read.
The sentence hearing was initially moved by Judge Wright from 14 February to 11 July before shifting it to 21 September and now 7 November.