Ramon Abbas popularly known as Hushpuppi has been denied bail in the United States. The denial came despite his lawyers claiming his business as an Instagram celebrity paid for the $10,000 monthly rent on his luxury Dubai flat.
Hushpuppi was arrested in Dubai and extradited to the US due to cases of money laundering and crimes including cyber heists, frauds and an attempt to cheat an English Premier league club out of £100 million (Dh461.1m/$125.5m).
His lawyers on Thursday, July 9, applied for him to leave jail with an electronic tag and live with the uncle of a woman with whom he has a child with, but the prosecutors opposed the bail application stating that Hushpuppi could commit crimes with just a smartphone and an internet connection, and that he posed too much of a flight risk.
But Gal Pissetzky reacted to the prosecutors saying that his client had too much to lose to flee the country.
“He is loved and respected. He is a celebrity,” he told a judge in Chicago by videolink.
“I don’t see the reason why he would want to ruin his credibility in the world and his status rather than stay here and face this allegation.
“Anywhere he goes, people will know.
“He is an influencer,” Pissetzky said. “That’s a job today, as much as it is hard to imagine. That’s a full-time job.”
Judge Jeffrey Gilbert denied Hushpuppi bail on grounds of him being a flight risk. He ordered that Ramon Abbas be remanded in custody until he is taken to a court in California.