US Court To Sentence Hushpuppi On Monday
This is contrary to the rumors circulating on social media that the self-confessed internet fraudster was sentenced to eleven years in prison on Friday.
Reports had claimed that Hushpuppi was slammed with the 11 years jail term by the United States Central District Court in California for fraud and money laundering.
According to the report, the fraudster will spend only nine years in prison, having already spent two years in jail. He will reportedly be deported to Nigeria after serving his jail term.
However, the US attorney’s office has clarified that Hushpuppi has not been jailed, stressing that the sentencing hearing is scheduled for Monday, November 7, 2022, at 11:30 am Los Angeles time, and 7:30 pm Nigerian time.
Meanwhile, Hushpuppy appealed to US Judge, Otis Wright for temper justice with mercy and give him a lighter jail term of 11 years imprisonment.
KanyiDaily had reported how Hushpuppi was arrested in the United Arab Emirate, Dubai on June 10, 2020, alongside 11 of his associates over allegations bordering on hacking, impersonation, scamming, banking fraud, and identity theft.
The fraudster was subsequently extradited to the US after the UAE police detailed his arrest in a special operation dubbed ‘Fox Hunt 2’ where he was accused of defrauding over 1.9 million victims to the tune of $435.6 million (N168 billion).
Amongst other charges, Hushpuppi and his accomplices were also accused of conspiring to steal £100 million (approximately $124 million) from an English Premier League soccer club.
On July 4, 2020, Hushpuppi was charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering before a US court, an offense that attracts a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment if convicted.
In a court document obtained on July 28, 2021, Hushpuppi pleaded guilty to various offenses bordering on internet scam and money laundering, among others.
Hushpuppi recently apologized to his victims ahead of his sentencing by the United States Attorney’s Office for Central District of California, Los Angeles.