I expect to fight aggressively to free Hushpuppi – US lawyer


I expect to fight aggressively to free Hushpuppi – US lawyer

Gal Pissetzky, the suspected Internet fraudster’s legal advisor, Ramon Abbas, aka Hushpuppi, has said he has a strong chance of overcoming the charges of fraud against him.

The lawyer on Thursday, said he planned to put up “vigorous defence to get him out of the case.”

Pissetzky is a prominent criminal defense attorney based in Chicago, and has been involved in many notable trials in the U.S.

Hushpuppi was arrested by the Dubai authorities in a sting operation.

The 37-year-old reportedly defrauded 1,926,400 people from various parts of the world along with his gang and looted about 1.6bn Dirham (N168bn).

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The Dubai police later handed him over to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation where, among others, he was arraigned on conspiracy charges for committing money laundering.

The FBI also alleged that Hushpuppi attempted to defraud an English Premier League football club of £100m (N48.4bn).

Pissetzky told Forbes that the suspect was not guilty of the crimes.

“Absolutely not guilty of [the] charges they are accusing him of. (Abbas) was running a legitimate business and a very legitimate Instagram account and did not take part in any scam or fraud,” he said.

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Pissetzky also told SPORTYWAP when contacted that the suspect’s case would go before a jury.

He said, “There is always a chance, absolutely. That’s why they hired me and that’s why I am going to put up vigorous defence and defend him. I will give him good representation. He has a chance. In the United States of America, you have a jury system.”

Asked if he would consider a plea bargain with the system to reduce Abbas’ sentence, Pissetzky said it was a discussion between him and his client.


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