Hushpuppi hires Expensive Chicago lawyer over N168billion Fraud

Ramon Abbas, Famously known as Hushpuppi, who was arrested last month for alleged Internet fraud, has obtain the service of a top criminal defence attorney in Chicago.

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Documents seen by PREMIUM TIMES showed Mr Ramon Abbas on Monday retain Gal Pissetzky, a senior partner at Chicago law firm Pissetzky & Berliner, to help free him from his multi-million dollar fraud charges levelled against him by US authorities.

Hushpuppi is an Instagram sensation widely known and was arrested alongside dozens of his alleged co-conspirators following an overnight raid of his apartments in Dubai on June 10. Emirati police and prosecutors said about N16 billion was found in cash out of an estimated N168 billion online scams linked to the syndicate.

Mr Ramon Abbas was handed over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) on July 2. He arrived in the U.S. on July 3 and made an initial court appearance in Chicago.

Mr Pissetzky made the first appearance on behalf of Mr Abbas at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on July 6.

Mr Pissetzky was called to the bar in 2002 and has practiced in Chicago since 2002. His firm’s website said he has been retained in high-profile cases and also widely recognised by major American media outlets as a legal consultant on serious criminal matters.

Court hearings have commenced for Mr Ramon Abbas to be removed from Chicago to Los Angeles where he was indicted on June 25.

Although Ramon Abbas  has successfully argued for an adjourment of his removal hearing from July 7 to July 13, according to court documents, but this has made it difficult for him to enter a plea and may not be entitled to bail until his case is transfered to Los Angeles for proper prosecution.

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Mr Pissetzky is likely to counsel Mr Ramon Abbas through the removal process in Chicago, but it is unclear whether or not he would be with the suspect at Los Angeles.