Hushpuppi’s Lawyer Insists He Isn’t Guilty
Hushpuppi’s Lawyer Insists He Isn’t Guilty: Hushpuppi‘s lawyer and legal representative, Gal Pissetzky of Pissetzky and Berliner, said the popular Instagram celebrity is not guilty of any of the charges put out against him.
Speaking during an interview with Forbes, Pissetzky made it a point to note that his client Ramon Abass wasn’t guilty of any crime. He insisted that the Instagram celebrity was running a very legitimate business.
“Ramon Abass, aka Hushpuppi is absolutely not guilty of all the charges they are accusing him of. Abass was running a very legitimate business and had a very legitimate Instagram account and did not take part in any scam or fraud”.
“He is an entrepreneur, he has real estate business and was promoting brands, that’s how he was very legitimately making his money”.
Hushpuppi is currently being tried for fraud and several internet scams. He was recently extradited to the US from the UAE for multiple charges of fraud. He is possibly facing a jail term of more than 20 years if convicted.
According to Premium Times, Court documents showed Mr Abbas on Monday retained Gal Pissetzky, a senior partner at Chicago law firm Pissetzky & Berliner, to help extricate him from multi-million dollar fraud charges leveled against him by American authorities.
Mr Abbas, an Instagram sensation widely known as Hushpuppi, was arrested alongside dozens of his alleged co-conspirators following an overnight raid of his apartments in Dubai on June 10. Emirate police and prosecutors said about N16 billion was found in cash out of an estimated N168 billion online scams linked to the syndicate.
Following initial tussle over his custody between Nigeria and the United States, Mr Abbas was ultimately handed over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) on July 2. He arrived in the U.S. on July 3 and made an initial court appearance in Chicago.
Although American prosecutors said Mr Abbas would still be transferred to Los Angeles “in the coming weeks”, he has decided to hire a top lawyer in Chicago to guide him through the process of transfer to Los Angeles. Mr Pissetzky made the first appearance on behalf of Mr Abbas at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on July 6, documents showed.
Mr Pissetzky was called to the bar in 2002 and has practiced in Chicago since 2002. His firm’s website said he has been retained in high-profile cases and also widely recognized by major American media outlets as a legal consultant on serious criminal matters.
Already, court hearings have commenced for Mr Abbas to be removed from Chicago to Los Angeles where he was indicted on June 25 and a warrant issued for his arrest.
Mr Abbas has successfully argued for an adjournment of his removal hearing from July 7 to July 13th. The removal process appeared to have made it difficult for Mr Abbas to enter a plea, several days after he arrived on American soil. His plea may not be taken and he may not be entitled to bail until his matter is transferred to Los Angeles for proper prosecution.
Mr Pissetzky would likely counsel Mr Abbas through the removal process in Chicago, but it was unclear whether or not he would follow the suspect to Los Angeles.