A United States Central District Court in California has postponed the sentencing of Nigerian fraudster Ramon Olorunwa Abass better known as Hushpuppi for the second time.
Glamsquad Magazine reports that Judge Otis Wright has fixed 21st September 2022 as the new sentencing date for Hushpuppi.
The court said,
“At the request of counsel, the Sentencing is CONTINUED to 9/21/2022 at 1:30 PM before Judge Otis D. Wright II, as to Defendant Ramon Olorunwa Abbas.”
In April 2021, Hushpuppi pleaded guilty to the multi-million-dollar fraud charges filed against him by the United States government, according to court documents by the United States Department of Justice (DoJ).
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.
Hushpuppi allegedly faked the financing of a Qatari school by playing the roles of bank officials and creating a bogus website in a scheme that also bribed a foreign official to keep the elaborate pretence going after the victim was tipped off, the acting United States Attorney Tracy L. Wilkison said.
Wilkison stated that Hushpuppi played “a significant role in the scheme, funded his luxurious lifestyle by laundering illicit proceeds generated by con artists who use increasingly sophisticated means.”
In June 2022, Hushpuppi met his waterloo after he was arrested in Dubai the United Arab Emirate (UAE). He was subsequently flown to the U.S where he pleaded guilty to the charges against him in July 2021 and was ordered to remain in custody pending sentencing.
The sentencing hearing was initially moved by Judge Wright from 14th February to 11th July which has now been moved to September 21 at the counsel’s request.
The 39-year-old entered into a plea bargain agreement with the U.S. government in July 2021, in the hope of getting a lighter punishment. Despite pleading guilty, he will not be exempted from paying restitution.