Convicted fraudster, Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi, was on Monday jailed for 11 years and three months by the United States District Court in the Central District of California.
He was found guilty of laundering proceeds of a school financing scam, business email compromise among other deceitful cyber offences.
According to a statement by the United States Department of Justice, on Tuesday, the socialite was also ordered to pay $1.7m in restitution to two fraud victims.
The judgment was passed by Justice Otis Wright II, concluding Hushpuppi’s trial which began after he was arrested in June 2020 in his Dubai, United Arab Emirates hotel base.
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Don Always, the Assistant Director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Office, described the Instagram celebrity as “one of the most prolific money launderers in the world.”
Recall that Hushpuppi was on July 3, extradited to the United States
He pleaded guilty to defrauding more than 1.9 million people, majority of whom were US citizens.
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