A United States judge on Tuesday rejected the bail application filed by the suspected cyber fraudster, Ramon Abbas a.k.a Hushpuppi, after his lawyer claimed his job as an Instagram celebrity paid for the $10,000 monthly rent on his luxury Dubai flat.
The lawyer, Gal Pissetzky, had applied for Hushpuppi to leave jail with an electronic tag and live with the uncle of a woman with whom he has a child with but US prosecutors opposed the bail application.
The prosecutors said he could commit crimes with just a smartphone and an internet connection, adding that he posed too much of a flight risk.
Reacting to prosecutors’ argument, the lawyer claimed that his client had too much to lose if he flees from the US.
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“He is loved and respected. 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,” he told Justice Jeffrey Gilbert in Chicago via a video link.
“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. That’s a full-time job.”
Justice Gilbert, who watched the proceedings from a prison video link, denied Hushpuppi bail on grounds of him being a flight risk.
He ordered that the suspect be remanded in custody until he is taken to a court in California.