Gal Pissetzky, the legal representative of Ramon Abass, a suspected internet fraudster better known as Hushpuppi, has denied rumours that his client has been released from the US prison.
An uproar had ensued among Nigerians on social media after the US’ prison records showed that the Instagram personality had been released.
The self-acclaimed influencer has been in a tussle involving the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) after he was arrested in Dubai and extradited to the US on account of cyberfraud allegations.
After his arraignment in a US court, he had been detained at the Metropolitan Correctional Centre in Chicago ahead of his transfer for a trial in California.
On Thursday, screenshots from the FBI’s Bureau of Prisons website however, showed that the embattled celebrity had been released on July 20, stirring up reactions among Nigerians across social media.
In his reaction, Pissetzky said the suspect is still in prison and that the bureau’s records showed “released” because of his transfer to California ahead of his trial.
“Just because the jail record says ‘released’ does not mean he has been released. Not everything you see on court documents is accurate,” Punch quoted him to have said.
Hushpuppi was arrested last month alongside 11 associates after he was alleged to have committed crimes including hacking, impersonation, scamming, banking fraud, and identity theft.
He had thereafter been charged with the conspiracy to commit money laundering, a crime for which he could get a statutory maximum jail term of 20 years if convicted.
Talks of his release immediately went viral on social media platforms especially Twitter.
Now that Hushpuppi has been released from d FBI Creek, this is d kind of news that cyber criminals will love to hear. They'll not leave that business even if they've plan to that & more people will join as a result of this news. i might b considering it too cos i will be release pic.twitter.com/lfsP8g7L7N
— MOHNICE (@Official_mohnyc) July 22, 2020
If this is true that Husspuppi has been released then there is no Doubt I'm turning into a Yahoo Boy in a matter of time , Nothing matters in this life than being Rich , Nobody cares where your money comes from , all they care is what you offer to the table 👌#hushpuppi pic.twitter.com/0LAk7va02E
— Dr SAMBO💫 #BBNaija (@Alcheemist_) July 23, 2020
This Yahoo boy didn't even double check info to be sure if Hushpuppi has been released or transferred he has already started posting motivational quotes on WhatsApp
"you can be arrested but if you perceive your destiny, you'll still cash out in prison"
Mutiu shut up your mouth!
— Chlorpheniramine 🇳🇬 (@VictorIsrael_) July 22, 2020
— Laycon (@seyi_olay) July 22, 2020
— S A M B A✨ (@sambalistical) July 22, 2020
Ramon Olorunwa Abbas ,Aka “Hushpuppi” after been released: pic.twitter.com/N6OGAr9v1h
— M i a 🧣#BBNaija (@sisimiaa) July 22, 2020
It has come to my notice that the the US federal bureau of prison has released hushpuppi to go and take course from the people that recently hacked Bill gates, jeff bezoz, twitter and co. If he did well then his sentence will be reduced.
— Al'ameen✨ (@Al_ameen_Yabo) July 22, 2020
If truely Hushpuppi has been released, omo In this life, just have money and connections🤘🏽 pic.twitter.com/8zk551ysyQ
— MOTIVATED GEORGE (@MOTIVATEDGEORGE) July 22, 2020
Ah them released Hushpuppi
Money dey talk !
— Mufasa Jr. (@juniormufasa_) July 22, 2020
hushpuppi has been released? we are not ready for this smoke from yahoo boys pic.twitter.com/yHDLN0Q7sS
— lmao cause im a clown🤡 (@Tolu_ex) July 22, 2020
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