In the United State , Nigerian alleged fraudster Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi, has been denied bail.
Earlier, Gal Pissetzky, his lawyer, had said his client was kidnapped from Dubai by the FBI and taken to US.
Pissetzky also insisted that his job as an Instagram celebrity paid for $10,000 monthly rent on his luxury Dubai flat.
His counsel had requested him to leave prison with an electronic tag to stay with the dad, but the bail application was opposed by US prosecutors.
According to the UAE’s The National, the prosecutors said he could commit crimes with just a smartphone and an internet connection and that he posed too much of a flight risk.
Reacting to prosecutors’ argument, Pissetzky said his client had too much to lose if he flees from the United States.
“He is loved, respected and he is a celebrity.
“I don’t see the reason why he would want to ruin his credibility in the world and his status rather than stay here and face this allegation.
“Anywhere he goes, people will know.
”Having grown up very poor in Nigeria, Mr. Abbas is now paid to pose with high-priced items such as Louis Vuitton bags that people would buy after seeing his posts on Instagram.
“He is an influencer. That’s a job today, as much as it is hard to imagine this is actually a full-time job,” Pissetzky said.
Judge Jeffrey Gilbert, however, refused Hushpuppi bail on the grounds that he was a danger to flight.
Gilbert also ordered the alleged Nigerian fraudster to be remanded in jail before he is taken to a California court.