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Gal Pissetzky, former lawyer for Michael Jackson is lead counsel for Hushpuppi, says client is not a fraudster

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According to reports, Gal Pissetzky lead counsel for the alleged international fraudster, Ramon Abbas aka Hushpuppi, says his client is not a fraudster.

Pissetzky of Pissetzky & Berliner said Hushpuppi ran legitimate businesses including real estate, according to Forbes. The  37-year-old was arrested in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, by the Dubai Police. The police revealed that upon the arrest of Hushpuppi and 12 other members of his crew, it discovered that fraud amounting to 1.6 billion Dirham had been committed by the gang.

No fewer than 1,926,400 people from different parts of the world were also said to have fallen victims to the suspects. According to the police, 13 luxury cars, estimated at 35 million Dirham were recovered from the house where they were arrested.

The Dubai police later handed him over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the United States where he had since been arraigned on charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering, among others.

Amongst other charges, the FBI alleged that Hushpuppi attempted to dupe an English Premier League football club of £100m. The allegation is contained in an affidavit deposed to by FBI Special Agent, Andre Innocenti, who is assigned to the Los Angeles Field Office Hi-Tech Organised Crime Squad.

The affidavit read in part, “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.”

The FBI further stated that should Hushpuppi be convicted, he risks spending 20 years in jail.

However, while speaking with Forbes, Hushpuppi’s legal representative said his client 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.”

Asked how Abbas paid for his lifestyle, Pissetzky said, “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.”

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South African pastor found guilty of raping man

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Pastor Luthando Matodlana of God is Love Ministry in Motherwell, Gqeberha, South Africa, has been found guilty of rape. (more…)

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Residents express fear over presence of 2 tigers in Cheddar’s Wonder World Estates

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Some residents at Wonder World Estates, Avenue Lincoln near the British High Commission at Ridge in Accra always walk around in fear over the presence of two tigers in the estate believed to be owned by business mogul, Nana Kwame Bediako, popularly known as Freedom Jacob Caesar. (more…)

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Marina Distribution partners Adinkra Lounge to provide happy hour services to passengers

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Adinkra Lounge, providers of lounging experience to First, Business and Executive passengers inside Terminal 3 of the Kotoka International Airport, has partnered with Marina Distribution Company Limited, distributors of Bacardi to provide passengers with premium happy hour experience. (more…)

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Young ladies are demanding, I prefer older ones – Lasmid

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MTN hitmaker winner and “Sika” Singer Lasmid had revealed that he is more interested in dating older women than young ladies.

In an interview with Multicdb, he revealed his preference for the former since their experience and maturity can help mold one’s life.
He claimed that young ladies are demanding which put extra pressure on their partners.

Lasmid entreated women, especially older ones to have no issues approaching him and he will welcome them with open arms.

Source – Multicdb

Watch Full Interview here

 

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Africa Rising Music Conference Announces International Artist Showcase Line-up

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Anticipation for the Africa Rising Music Conference (ARMC) is at an all-time high as the countdown to the conference and its unprecedented artist showcase. ARMC attendees are primed to enjoy world-class performances from the exceptional line-up that boasts artists from various countries, including focus territory, The Netherlands.

The pivotal talents of Eritrea-born vocalist Rimon, Ghanaian artist based in the South East of Amsterdam, BnnyHunna and South African-Dutch singer-songwriter Joya Mooi are set to ignite the stage, highlighting their musical style, genre and impeccable skillset.

This cohort of Global musical aptitude will also feature Producers Spanker (one of the biggest Dutch Hip-Hop producers), Yung Dada (a multi-instrumentalist and producer who has worked with prominent artists and is now working on a solo project), and esteemed artist Frenna (a vocalist and one of the most renowned artists in the Netherlands).

ARMC 2022 themes: Women’s Voices: Amplifying them in the music business
Building Bridges: Exchange between Africa and the world
Independent Africa: Developing, understanding and creating new opportunities

Heavily music-focused, ARMC sets itself apart by bringing a cocktail of international artists to merge with the South African market, focusing on ambassadors, panels, and podcasts.

The showcase format will see local acts and acts perform over two nights across the electronic & urban genres from The Netherlands, Germany, and Austria perform.

Says DME: “We as the Dutch Music Export are truly proud to create such a versatile space for connecting, learning and building within the music industry.”

Buy your ticket now online via Howler.
Tickets are limited.

ARMC By Night – 24th May 2022

-Bnnyhunna
-Joya Mooi
-Rimon

A reminder of the unique, all-female ambassador lineup:

Tumi Mogapi (South Africa) Women In Music South Africa
Money Ba Doo (South Africa) Artist / Songwriter
Anyiko Owoko (Kenya) Anyiko PR
JAMIIE (Germany) Artist, Producer, Afrohouse Beatport Curator
Dieuwertje Heuvelings (Netherlands) – Dutch Music Export

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Stonebwoy inks Def Jam Africa deal?

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It looks like Ghanaian reggae/dancehall star Stonebwoy is the latest African artiste to join Def Jam Africa music label. (more…)

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