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A U.S. court has postponed Nigerian scammer Ramon Abbas's sentencing hearing from Valentine's Day to July 11.

According to reports, the social media influencer's hearing was postponed from February 14 to July 11 by Judge Otis. D. Wright in Los Angeles Superior Court following a request by his defense attorney.

"At the request of counsel, the sentencing is continued to July 11, 2022, at 11:00 am," the judge said in a statement on February 2, 2022.

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Abbas, better known by his Instagram username, Hushpuppi, was convicted of conspiring with others to steal $124 million.

His victims included a U.S. law firm which transferred $40 million to a bank account controlled by Hushpuppi and his associates.
 
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Hushpuppi, 39, inspired millions of social media followers by sharing photos of his extravagant lifestyle on his still-live Instagram page.

Photos showed Hushpuppi posing with his fleet of luxury vehicles and private jets. He spent millions on designer bags and clothing by Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Fendi. And he counted rappers, professional athletes and Nigerian politicians among his many friends.

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In June 2020, Dubai police raided Hushpuppi's Palazzo Versace penthouse and arrested him. He was extradited from Dubai to Chicago, Il., where a bond request was denied.

He was then transported to Los Angeles, California to face money laundering charges.

On July 28, 2021, Hushpuppi pleaded guilty to money laundering. He faces a statutory maximum sentence of 15 years in federal prison. Upon his release, he will be deported to his home country Nigeria.

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Ramon Abbas, an Instagram influencer from Nigeria, has pleaded guilty to defraud victims out of at least $24 million using email "phishing" scams.

Abbas, 37, was arrested in June in Dubai and extradited to Chicago to face money laundering and wire fraud charges.

Video shows a stunned Abbas in police custody inside his luxury 2-story Versace penthouse with its own pool and jacuzzi in Dubai. A childhood friend visiting him from Nigeria was briefly detained and released by special operations forces and Emerati police officers in June.

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Abbas now faces up to 20 years in prison in the US, after being extradited to Chicago then California last year.

Abbas and his crew hacked into computer systems after unsuspecting victims clicked on phishing links in emails. They then monitored the victims' emails looking for invoices or sales statements.

Abbas and his crew changed the banking info in the invoices, then siphoned the money into their own accounts. Victims included individuals and banks. The thieves stole $1 million meant for a children's hospital in Qatar.

Abbas cultivated an Internet persona that made him an Instagram star around the globe. He often wore expensive designer clothing, shoes and backpacks. His fleet of luxury automobiles worth $3 million were seized by police.

His lawyers told a judge that Abbas is the father of five children, including a child who lives with his mother in Virginia. But the judge ordered Abbas detained until his trial. Abbas was not allowed to stay with a girlfriend's uncle in Homewood, Illinois, because he was considered a flight risk.

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The federal prosecutor said Abbas "never visited" the girlfriend or their child in the United States and there is no evidence that he has ever even met this 'uncle.'

Abbas' lawyer said his client is a social media influencer who earned his millions legally by promoting high end luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Fendi on Instagram.
 


 

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U.S. defense lawyers representing Nigerian scammer Ramon Abbas, aka Hushpuppi, applied to withdraw from his case.

Gal Pissetzky and Vicki Podberesky said Abbas stopped communicating with them after he retained a new attorney to represent him.

The attorneys announced their decision after months of negotiations with the federal government, according to Premium Times.

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Abbas, 37, was arrested in June in Dubai and extradited to Chicago to face money laundering and wire fraud charges.

Video shows a stunned Abbas being taken from his luxury apartment in Dubai by special operations forces and Emerati police officers in June.

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His lawyers told a judge that Abbas is the father of five children, including a child who lives with his mother in Virginia. But the judge ordered Abbas detained until his trial, and said Abbas would not be allowed to stay with a girlfriend's uncle in Homewood, Illinois, because he is a flight risk.

The federal prosecutor said Abbas "never visited" the girlfriend or their child in the United States and there is no evidence that he has ever even met this 'uncle.’
 

Abbas' lawyer said his client is a social media influencer who earned his millions legally by promoting high end luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Fendi on Instagram.

After his arraignment in Chicago, Abbas was transferred to Los Angeles, California where his trial is set to begin in May 2021.

According to an affidavit obtained by Premium Times, Abbas and his co-conspirators stole hundreds of millions of dollars from 1.9 million victims around the world.
 

Abbas, pictured above in his $10,000-a-month apartment at the Palazzo Versace in Dubai, also convinced hundreds of social media users around the world to set up bank accounts to launder that money.

He used the money to finance his extravagant lifestyle which he flaunted on Instagram.com.

Authorities seized his fleet of cars including a Ferrari, Rolls-Royce Phantom and a Lamborghini. He rocked $150,000 diamond-studded wristwatches and he purchased a Rolls-Royce SUV just to ferry his luggage to the airport.

Abbas regularly mocked his 2.5 million followers, telling them to get their money up and referring to them as "peasants."
 

Abbas and his crew swindled victims by sending emails that appeared to come from law firms.

"Shark Tank" star Barbara Corcoran was duped into sending $400,000 cash via a wire transfer after receiving a phishing email that she mistakenly believed was an invoice for a real estate transaction.

According to a Secret Service agent who investigates Nigerian email crimes, victims are tricked into sending money to bank accounts that the criminals control.

"These crimes are heartbreaking," Brian Krebs, the editor of KrebsOnSecurity.com, told The New York Post. "Victims send payments to the wrong place and, nine times out of ten, the money is gone."

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Former Sandrarose.com Morning Wood Ray Hushpuppi is busted. The billionaire real estate mogul was arrested in Dubai and extradited to the United States on charges of fraud and money laundering.

He was submitted as Morning Wood by a loyal reader who referred to him as her "dream man."

The popular Nigerian businessman, real name Ray Igbalodely, has over 2 million followers on Instagram.com where he shows off his flashy cars and high end clothing, bags and shoes.

Igbalodely was taken into custody by at his luxury condominium Pallazo Versace along with his entire team.

The arrest came after a joint sting operation by the FBI, the U.S. Secret Service, and Interpol.

Igbalodely is charged with fraudulently obtaining $35 million in wired funds from the U.S. government under the pretense of testing Nigerians for the Covid-19 virus.

Igbalodely's fleet of luxury vehicles were seized in addition to is extensive watch and jewelry collection and cash.

Igbalodely's associates Sean the Escaper, Tony Roma, "HP", and a 4th man were also arrested. They all lived together at the Pallazo Versace in Dubai, according to published reports.

More arrests are expected.