Hushpuppi didn’t commit fraud in prison, US court has disclosed.
Glamtush reports that the US Attorney’s Office at the Central District of California on Thursday described as false, reports that alleged international fraudster, Ramon Abbas aka Hushpuppi, committed over $400,000 fraud while in an American prison.
The court’s Director of Media Relations, Thom Mrozek, made this known in an email response to an inquiry by The PUNCH on Thursday.
According to him, the Federal Bureau of Investigation did not file any such allegation against Hushpuppi.
The court official also said the FBI Special Agent, Andrew Innocenti, who was said to have filed the fresh charges against Hushpuppi said he didn’t author such a document.
“After looking at the document excerpted in recent media accounts, the document appears to have been fabricated.
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, which filed the case against Mr. Abbas, has not filed any such document.
“We have checked with the FBI agent who supposedly authored the document, and he confirms it is a fake,” Mrozek told The PUNCH.
Recall that 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.
In a plea agreement document, Hushpuppi subsequently pleaded guilty to various offences bordering on internet scam and money laundering, among others.
The document 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 also said Hushpuppi would be sentenced on July 11, 2022.