Popular Nigerian Instagram celebrity, Ramon Abbas, popularly known as “Hushpuppi“ who has been in detention in the United States of America since early July for alleged internet fraud crimes, has been arraigned in a court in California ahead of his trial set to begin on October 13.
Hushpuppi who was arrested in the United Arab Emirates in June and extradited to the United States in early July, was accused of being the leader of a group that facilitates computer intrusion, business email compromise (BEC) fraud and money laundering.
However, the 37-year-old Nigerian pleaded not guilty to the four-count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, money laundering conspiracies, international money laundering and engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activity.
Premium Times reported that the prosecutors kickstarted the process of arraignment by filling necessary documents and forms after his first appearance on August 17.
Hushpuppi reportedly entered a plea, insisting that he is not guilty of the charges. The Instagram celebrity will be represented in court by Vicki Podberesky, a top-rated lawyer in California and Gal Pissetzky, a Chicago-based lawyer appearing pro hac vice because he is not licensed to practise outside Chicago.
It was also learnt that Hushpuppi pleaded that he should be prosecuted with complaint and not indictment.