Prosecutors in the United States have asked a federal judge to sentence Ramon ‘Hushpuppi’ Abbas to 11 years in prison and three years of supervised release for his role in a multinational conspiracy that earned him millions of dollars between 2019 and 2020.
According to Peoples Gazette, American attorneys led by Khaldoun Shobaki in the U.S. Central District of California Los Angeles argued that Hushpuppi should also be asked to pay $1.7 million in restitution; $500K in fines, and $100
in administrative fees, per recommendations, submitted ahead of his sentencing on September 21. The development came more than two years after the infamous Internet fraud kingpin was arrested in Dubai in June 2020 for driving multiple schemes that targeted victims in Europe and the United States. He pleaded guilty in April 2021 after prosecutors discovered his involvement in a separate conspiracy to defraud a Qatari businessperson, who lost $810K in the process of trying to obtain an elusive loan to set up an international school.
The US government said Mr. Abbas’ criminal path was pondered on, that although he may have had a clear chance to choose a rewarding career as a law-abiding citizen. Mr. Abbas’ sentencing, the government argued, was reduced because he cooperated with detectives on our criminal cases under investigation and prosecution in American courts.
He has also been reported to have had good behavior while in prison and has been on his best behavior in making sure that he re-evaluates himself as a person and maximizes his second chance. He went ahead to earn some certifications for himself in different fields while in the prison and his prison records show he enrolled in several skill acquisition programs while serving time.
His representing lawyers, led by criminal defense attorney Louis Shapiro, are trying to make sure that he gets a lighter sentence of three years with $2 million restitution for his “very good” behavior since 2020.