The popular Nigerian Instagram celebrity alleged for wire fraud charges in the United States, Ramoni Abbas fondly called Hushpuppi has settled for a government lawyer after his case was transferred to another district
Mr Abbas, 37, who was resident in Dubai and known for flaunting extravagant lifestyle on social media, was arrested last month over money laundering allegations by the Dubai Police. He was extradited to the U.S on July 3.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation had earlier alleged that Mr Abbas was part of a network that made “hundreds of millions of dollars” from business email compromise frauds and other scams.
Also, the American government said Mr Abbas funded his extravagant lifestyle with stolen money.
It was earlier reported Hushpuppi hired a top lawyer in the U.S., Gal Pissetzky of the Pissetzky & Berliner law firm as his attorney.
Mr Pissetzky, renowned for handling criminal cases in Chicago, had argued that his client sourced his money from promoting designer products on social media and a real estate investment.
It should be noted a Chicago court, on Monday, denied him bail and ruled that he remains in detention till his next trial date later in the year.
However, documents obtained showed that Mr Abbas’s case has been transferred to the Central District of California for prosecution.
American prosecutors had earlier said Hushpuppi would still be transferred to Los Angeles, a city in California.