Ramon Abbas, also known as Hushpuppi, an alleged Nigerian cyber fraudster, has had his sentence changed four times by a US Central District Court in California.
In June 2020, Hushpuppi and 12 other people were detained in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), on suspicion of hacking, impersonation, fraud, banking, and identity theft. Hushpuppi was later transferred to the US for trial.
After the UAE police revealed his arrest, where he was charged with scamming 1.9 million people out of N168 billion, his extradition to the US was on the line.
He consented to enter a guilty plea to the multimillion-dollar fraud allegations brought against him by the American government in July 2021.
In July 2021, he then entered into a plea deal with the US government in hopes of receiving a lesser sentence.
The trial judge, Otis Wright, has set a fresh deadline for his decision on Hushpuppi’s case as November 7, 2022.
“Counsels are notified, the sentencing is continued to November 7, 2022, at 11:30 a.m. as to Defendant Ramon Olorunwa Abbas,” the court’s announcement shifting the sentencing read.
Judge Wright initially postponed the sentencing hearing from February 14 to July 11 before moving it to September 21 and now November 7.