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Hushpuppi: U.S. Court postpones sentencing again

The sentencing of Nigerian fraudster, Ramon Olorunwa Abbas better known as Hushpuppi has been postponed again by the United States Central District Court in California.

Kemi Filani reported some months back that the court postponed the sentencing of Hushpuppi from 14th February to 11th July before shifting it to 21st September. Read here

Sentencing postponed

However, in a new development, Judge Otis Wright announced that Hushpuppi, 39, who was billed to be sentenced on Monday, 3rd October, will now be sentenced on Monday, 7th November 2022.

The court announced that: “COUNSEL ARE NOTIFIED, the Sentencing is CONTINUED to November 7, 2022, at 11:30 a.m. as to Defendant Ramon Olorunwa Abbas.”

The arrest of Hushpuppi

Kemi Filani recalls that Hushpuppi was arrested in Dubai, the United Arab Emirate (UAE) in June 2020, and subsequently flown to the U.S. He pleaded guilty to the charges in July 2021 and was ordered to remain in custody pending sentencing.

A version of Hushpuppi’s plea agreement filed in June outlined his role in a school finance scheme, as well as several other cyber and business email compromise schemes that cumulatively caused more than $24 million in losses.

He pleaded guilty to Count Two which is “Conspiracy to Engage in Money Laundering,” an offence that attracts a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment among other punishments including full restitution, his plea agreement with the U.S. government states in part.

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