By Oyinlola Awonuga (The New Diplomat’s Entertainment, Fashion and Sports Desk)
Nigerian Instagrammer, Ramon Abass, aka Hushpuppi, has reportedly secured the services of a top Chicago criminal defence lawyer.
It is no longer news that Hushpuppi, 37, was arrested by the FBI in Dubai in June 2020.
Hushpuppi was arrested alongside 10 others for their involvement in N168 billion fraud. The heist was called Fox Hunt.
Hushpuppi who was extradited to the US alongside one of his alleged accomplices, Woodberry, has hired Gal Pissetzky of Pissetzky & Berline. Hushpuppi’s Chicago lawyer, was once a legal counsel to late pop star, Michael Jackson made his first appearance in court on behalf of Hushpuppi on July 6.
According to reports, Hushpuppi is likely to be transferred to Los Angeles in coming weeks.
However, Hushpuppi’s removal process seems to have made it difficult for him to enter a plea deal. His plea might not be taken at the court and he may not be entitled to bail until his transfer to Los Angeles.
Pissetzky is likely to counsel Hushpuppi on his transfer to Los Angeles but it is still not known whether he would go along with him once it happens.
Recently it was reported that Hushpuppi will be held in Chicago prison.
He is currently being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Centre (MCC) in Chicago and out of curiosity many are wondering what the holding facility looks like.
According to the description on the official website of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the correctional facility was established in 1930 for the purpose of providing progressive and humane care for federal inmates.
The MCC has a mix of male and female offenders with the total number of inmates currently at 567.
Producer and singer Samklef confirmed the news via his official Instagram.
“Mark Geragos is Hushpuppi lawyer. Former Micheal Jackson lawyer This movie go sweet pass Netflix… he might not even spend all his time. he will work with the government. And regain his freedom. Will be giving u guys update. #samklefblogginaire”