Instagram celebrity, Ramoni Abbas Igbalode, popularly known as Hushpuppi has been transferred to California over his cybercrime allegations, weeks after hiring top Chicago lawyer, Gal Pissetzky as his attorney.
Recall that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) accused Hushpuppi of funding his extravagant lifestyle from “hundreds of millions of dollars” from business email compromise frauds and other scams.
Hushpuppi who was recently denied bail by a Chicago court which ordered that he remains in detention till his next trial date later in the year, has now settled for a government lawyer after his case was transferred to another district.
Justice Gilbert who presided over his case in Chicago had said, “Accordingly, Defendant is ordered removed to the Central District of California in the custody of the U.S. Marshal forthwith. As provided by 18 U.S.C. § 3142(f), Defendant is remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal and shall remain in custody until further order of the Court.”
The suspected Nigerian fraudster was moved to California on Tuesday July 14, as confirmed by transfer documents signed by Thomas G. Bruton, the Clerk of the U.S Court in Chicago.
Meanwhile, his lawyer Gal Pissetzky has come out to say that his case is getting better though he was denied bail. The lawyer while denying reports that he had dumped the suspect, told The Punch he would still be standing for him in California where the case has been transferred to.
He also claimed that Hushpuppi still stands a good chance of being acquitted saying, “I am still representing him. I will be in California for the case.
“Our legal system is quite different from yours. That he was denied bail does not mean his case is getting worse. Actually, I think it’s getting better. I am not, however, allowed to comment on the facts of the case.
“There is no new evidence put forward by the FBI at this point. Whatever news report that suggests things are getting worse for him is not true.”
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