Nigerian internet fraudster, Ramon Abbas popularly known as “Hushpuppi” has been sentenced to 11 years and three months in a federal prison for conspiring to launder tens of millions of dollars from online scams.

Justice Otis Wright II, of the United States District Court for the Central District of California who delivered the judgment on Monday, found Hushpuppi guilty of laundering proceeds of school financing scam, business email compromise fraud and other cyber schemes.

The judgment draws the curtain on Hushpuppi’s trial spanning two years and four months since his arrest in June 2020 at his Dubai hotel apartment.The judge in Los Angeles also ordered him to pay $1,732,841 (£1,516,182) in restitution to two fraud victims.

Abbas pleaded guilty in April 2021 to one count of conspiracy to engage in money laundering. He was arrested in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in June 2020 and has remained in federal custody since his expulsion from the UAE.

Hushpuppi in September contracted a top Washington, D.C. criminal defence attorney, John Iweanoge in a bid to avoid his impending jail sentence of 11 years as suggested by the United States prosecutors.

They also suggested that Abbas should be asked to pay $1.7million in restitution, $500,000 in fines, and $100 in administrative fees ahead of his sentencing.

On the other hand, Abbas had previously tried to seek a release on humanitarian grounds, but Judge Otis D. Wright declined his pleas for failing to comply with extant court rules

Nigerian internet fraudster, Ramon Abbas popularly known as “Hushpuppi” has been sentenced to 11 years and three months in a federal prison for conspiring to launder tens of millions of dollars from online scams.

Justice Otis Wright II, of the United States District Court for the Central District of California who delivered the judgment on Monday, found Hushpuppi guilty of laundering proceeds of school financing scam, business email compromise fraud and other cyber schemes

The judgment draws the curtain on Hushpuppi’s trial spanning two years and four months since his arrest in June 2020 at his Dubai hotel apartment. The judge in Los Angeles also ordered him to pay $1,732,841 (£1,516,182) in restitution to two fraud victims.

Abbas pleaded guilty in April 2021 to one count of conspiracy to engage in money laundering. He was arrested in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in June 2020 and has remained in federal custody since his expulsion from the UAE.

Hushpuppi in September contracted a top Washington, D.C. criminal defence attorney, John Iweanoge in a bid to avoid his impending jail sentence of 11 years as suggested by the United States prosecutors.

They also suggested that Abbas should be asked to pay $1.7million in restitution, $500,000 in fines, and $100 in administrative fees ahead of his sentencing.
On the other hand, Abbas had previously tried to seek a release on humanitarian grounds, but Judge Otis D. Wright declined his pleas for failing to comply with extant court rules.