Infamous Hushpuppi, accused of internattional fraud has been extradited to USA. His lawyer, Gal Pissetzky, maintains that his client is not a fraudster but rather has legitimate businesses mainly in real estate.
He was arrested in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, by the Dubai Police along with 12 others for allegedly stealing 1.6 billion Dirham (N168 billion).
He was transferred to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the United States on charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering, among others.
In addition, it is alleged that Hushpuppi attempted to steal£100m (N48.4bn) from English Premier League football club.
A portion of the affidavit for this charge reads:“Abbas and others further conspired to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from other fraudulent schemes and computer intrusions, including one scheme to steal £100 million (approximately $124 million) from an English Premier League soccer club.”
If convicted, Hushpuppi faces up to 20 years in jail.
Legal counsel for Hushpupppi stated that he is “Absolutely not guilty of (the) charges they are accusing him of,” adding, “(he) was running a legitimate business and a very legitimate Instagram account and did not take part in any scam or fraud.”
“He’s an entrepreneur. He has real estate involvement … (he’s) an Instagram personality. He was promoting brands and that’s how he was very legitimately making his money.”