The United States Attorney’s Office at the Central District of California has postponed the sentencing of alleged international Internet fraudster Ramon Abbas, aka, Hushpuppi by five months.
The court’s Director of Media Relations, Thom Mrozek, in response to an email inquiry by The Punch late Thursday, said the date which was initially scheduled for Valentine’s Day, has been moved to July 11, 2022.
“The sentencing hearing that was scheduled for later this month has been delayed,” Mrozek said.
Court document showed that Judge Otis D. Wright in Los Angeles granted the order for postponement after Hushpuppi’s lawyers led by Louis Shapiro entered a request for postponement.
“At the request of counsel, the sentencing is continued to July 11, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. It is so ordered,” the document partly read.
Also, in a plea agreement document, Hushpuppi pleaded guilty to various offences bordering on internet scam and money laundering, among others.
It stated that Hushpuppi risks “20 years’ imprisonment; a 3-year period of supervised release; a fine of $500,000 or twice the gross gain or gross loss resulting from the offence”.
The court was, however, mum on its initial order that the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrests the suspended Head of the Intelligence Response Team, DCP Abba Kyari, for his alleged role in a $1m scam allegedly perpetrated by Hushpuppi and five others.
The court declined comments on the warrant of arrest the court issued months earlier that the FBI should apprehend Kyari and other defendants in the case.
The Dubai Police in the United Arab Emirates had in June 2020 arrested Hushpuppi and his gang. They were later extradited to the US for prosecution by the FBI.
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