Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi, a Nigerian internet fraudster facing trial in the United States of America, has had his prison sentence reduced to 11 years after the US government granted his appeal.
Hushpuppi’s jail sentence was reduced as a result of his record, which was revealed as part of his memorandum opposing prosecutors’ sentencing recommendations and demonstrated that he cleaned well and interacted well with other inmates.
He was said to be one of the best cleaners in the prison where he’s been held since his arrest in 2021.
According to his report card for the Central Valley workshop for prisoners, Hushpuppi performed “very well” in attitude, quality of work, dependability, and productivity between July 2021 when he enrolled and November 2021 when he completed work.
Hushpuppy had petitioned US Judge Otis Wright for mercy and a reduced sentence after performing well in the cleaning activities.
On September 21, the presiding Judge, Wright, is scheduled to hear the sentencing arguments of the prosecution and defense of Hushpuppi before issuing his decision in the case.
Prosecutors in the United States have requested that Ramon ‘Hushpuppi’ Abbas be sentenced to 11 years in prison and three years of supervised release.
His lawyer, Louis Shapiro, stated in a memorandum submitted on September 5th, “He is currently working within his prison cleaning windows and showers—for which he has received great personal evaluations.”
According to reports, the prosecution and defense have been deliberating on the appropriate sentence for him.
The prosecution, led by Assistant US Attorney Khaldoun Shobaki, sought 11 years in prison as well as $2.2 million in restitution and fines. Shapiro claimed that his client had changed in prison and should be given a sentence of less than two years.
Hushpuppi also has three minor children in London, the United States, and Dubai to look after, as well as his ailing parents in Nigeria, according to Shapiro.
Hushpuppi was arrested in Dubai in June 2020 and later transferred to a prison in the United States as his trial progressed.