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Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Hushpuppi petition to review 11-year prison sentence fails at US Appeal Court

Hushpuppi had appealed to the court for a review and ostensibly reduced his 11-year sentence, citing his sterling behavior during his stay in jail.

The efforts of the convicted internet fraud kingpin, Ramon Abbas popularly known as Hushpuppi, to reduce his 11-year sentence has met a brick wall as the Appeals Court for the Ninth Circuit in Los Angeles, United States has dismissed his application.

Abbas had 2022 convicted for money laundering and a series of online scams in tens of millions of dollars.

However, after reappraising his chances of success, he raised the motion to appeal the sentence. The motion was filed in November 2022, two weeks after Judge Otis Wright sent him to jail. 

The convict had enrolled in prison educational courses and also taken an active role in cleaning prison facilities, becoming one of the correctional facility’s top toilet cleaners, in a bid to earn a lighter sentence.

Still, the appellate judges remained implacable in their decision to deny his appeal.

The judgment was made on January 19. It was announced by Molly Dwyer, the court’s clerk, on behalf of the appellate judges.

It was not immediately clear whether he would file a fresh case to keep the hopes of his early release alive since his lawyers, John Iweanoge and Louis Shapiro, had already pulled out before the dismissal.

The denial for sentence appeal came days before Nigerians were dismayed by a viral video that seemingly showed someone believed to be Mr Abbas holding a feast with others inside what was reported as his detention facility at Fort Dix, New Jersey.

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