Gal Pissetzky, a top Chicago counsel for alleged international fraudster, Ramon Abbas Igbalode popularly known as Hushpuppi, has debunked claims that his client is a fraudster.
Pissetzky of Pissetzky & Berliner said Hushpuppi ran legitimate businesses including real estate, according to a new article published by Forbes. Recall that we had earlier reported that the 37-year-old was arrested in United Arab Emirates, by the Dubai Police.
The police revealed that upon the arrest of Hushpuppi and 12 other members of his crew, it discovered that fraud amounting to 1.6 billion Dirham (N168 billion) had been committed by the gang.
According to the police, 13 luxury cars, estimated at 35 million Dirham (N3.7 billion) were recovered from the house where they were arrested. He was later extradited to the United States where he had since been arraigned on charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering, among others.
Amongst other charges, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) alleged that Hushpuppi attempted to scam an English Premier League football club of £100m (N48.4bn). The FBI further stated that should Hushpuppi be convicted, he risks spending 20 years in jail.
However, while speaking with Forbes, Hushpuppi’s legal representative said his client is “Absolutely not guilty of (the) charges they are accusing him of,” adding, “(he) was running a legitimate business and a very legitimate Instagram account and did not take part in any scam or fraud.”
Asked how Abbas paid for his lifestyle, Pissetzky said, “He’s an entrepreneur. He has real estate involvement … (he’s) an Instagram personality. He was promoting brands and that’s how he was very legitimately making his money.”
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