Nigerian notorious internet scammer Ramon Olorunwa popularly known as Hushpuppi has destroyed his Nigerian international passport after going through a lot of detention by the FBI in the United States of America. He was unhappy by the way Nigerian Government abandoned him in the hands of the American FBI without regarding him as one of Nigerian citizen. He thereby denounces his Nigerian citizen and destroyed his Nigerian international passport.
Hushpuppi who is a Nigerian Instagram influencer and regarded as the king of Gucci was arrested by the Dubai police in June 2020 as he was accused of internet scam, business email compromise, fraud, identity theft and other online criminal activities. If found guilty he may be sentenced to 20 years in prison in the United States of America. Hushpuppi is currently facing criminal charges alleging he conspired to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from business email compromise (BEC) frauds and other scams.
He was denied bail and told by a judge on Monday in Chicago that he will remain detained until the end of his trial later this year over online scam and money laundering allegations. Appearing at a detention hearing, a court in the Northern District of Illinois ruled that Hushpuppi will be transported to Los Angeles by the U.S. Marshals Service, and will not be allowed to stay with his girlfriend’s uncle in Homewood, Illinois. His trial is slated to be held in Los Angeles where the case was filed, rather from Chicago where the investigation is being handled.
Throughout the hearing Hushpuppi lawyer denied that his client was a flight risk or a danger to the community, repeatedly rejecting the allegations made against his client by the FBI’s affidavit posted earlier this month.
The court ruled that there was “more than enough justification to order that the U.S. Marshall bring Hushpuppi to California as soon as possible to answer the complaint there.” Ruling that Hushpuppi had a great incentive not to continue to respond to these proceedings here, as he is facing a long sentence, and if found guilty will be sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Hushpuppi is a Nigerian instagram influencer with over 2.5 million followers on Instagram. Hushpuppi has built a global following from posting pictures of his lavish spending on cars, watches, designer clothes and private jets. However, in late June the 37-year-old was arrested in Dubai and arrived in the U.S. on July 3 to face criminal charges over allegations he has made “hundreds of millions of dollars” from business email compromise frauds and other scams.
Last week Hushpuppi lawyer Gal Pissetzky told Forbes that his client is absolutely not guilty of all the charges they are accusing him of, describing Hushpuppi as an entrepreneur who made his money legitimately through real estate and his work, promoting brands as an Instagram personality.
At the hearing Pissetzky told the court that his client posed no flight risk because of the damage it would do to his credibility online, adding that he is loved and respected in Nigeria and abroad. He is a celebrity. He would not want to ruin his credibility and status rather than stay here and face these allegations.
Adding support to the claim that Hushpuppi pays for his lifestyle through promoting designer products on social media, Pissetzky argued that Hushpuppi is an Instagram personality. A social media personality and of course he poses with high-price items because that’s what he gets paid to do. That’s what he has built from growing up very poor in Nigeria.
He was able to develop himself into this very well-known personality with millions of followers on Instagram. He is an influencer—that is what my kids would call him—an influencer. And people seeing him with these Louis Vuitton bags or clothes, or Gucci bags and clothes, or these fancy cars, and they go and want it. They wanna buy it. That’s a job today. As much as it’s hard to imagine—that’s a full-time job.”
Pissetzky made no mention of the claim on the hushpuppi Instagram feed, stating that Hushpuppi works as a “real estate developer.” Pissetzky also argued that the social media images of Hushpuppi lifestyle are being used as greater implied evidence of wrongdoing, rather than the actual evidence of wrongdoing presented by the FBI in the affidavit.
On the staggering sums Hushpuppi is accused of laundering in the FBI’s allegations, his lawyer says, “Hushpuppi does not have millions of dollars and his bank accounts will confirm he does not have that kind of amount of money.” He added, “He has not had any money seized from him. Yes, he lived in a nice apartment in Dubai. But that doesn’t mean that he’s a criminal. He did not hack anyone. He did not steal information from anyone and he is not a scammer Pissetzky defends Hushpuppi in court.
Unfortunately, the American government and Federal Investigation Bureau (FBI) are not ready to let go of him and has vow that he will remain in detention until he is proven innocent by a competent court of jurisdiction.