The punishment date for alleged worldwide Internet fraudster Ramon Abbas, nicknamed Hushpuppi, is still scheduled for September 21, 2022, according to the US Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, Los Angeles.
Thom Mrozek, the director of media relations for the court, confirmed this on Friday, August 26, in response to a Channels Television email.
Originally set for February 14, the sentencing was later delayed to July 11 and then again to September 21 of this year.
When Hushpuppi’s sentencing date was specifically requested, Mrozek said that Hushpuppi had long since entered a guilty plea last year and would be sentenced later this year.
“Mr. Abbas is currently scheduled to be sentenced by a federal judge in Los Angeles on September 21,” he said.
Hushpuppi, 39, was arrested in Dubai, the United Arab Emirate (UAE) in June 2020 alongside 12 others over allegations bordering on hacking, impersonation, scamming, banking fraud, identity theft and was extradited to the US for prosecution.
His extradition to the United States had followed after the UAE police detailed his arrest in a special operation dubbed ‘Fox Hunt 2’, where he was accused of defrauding 1.9 million victims to the tune of N168billion.
He pleaded guilty to the charges in July 2021 and was ordered to remain in custody pending sentencing.
According to court documents, he 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”
Meanwhile, Mrozek was silent on the possible extradition of the suspended Head of Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team, DCP Abba Kyari, who was indicted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Hushpuppi’s case.
The court had ordered the FBI to arrest Kyari over a year ago.
“I am unable to offer any comment on the state of Mr. Kyari,” the court official added.