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Hushpuppi sought to live in Illinois with a baby mama he’s never visited; court denies him bail

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Ramon Abbas, known online as ‘hushpuppi’ and ‘The Billionaire Gucci Master’ was denied bail and was told by a judge on Monday in Chicago that he will remain detained until his trial later this year over money laundering allegations.

Appearing at a detention hearing, a court in the Northern District of Illinois ruled that Abbas will be transported to Los Angeles by the U.S. Marshals Service, and will not be allowed to stay with his girlfriend’s uncle in Homewood, Illinois. His trial is slated to be held in Los Angeles where the case was filed, rather from Chicago where the investigation is being handled.

Throughout the hearing Abbas’s lawyer denied that his client was a flight risk or a danger to the community, repeatedly rejecting the allegations made against his client by the FBI’s affidavit posted earlier this month. The primary allegation leveled by the FBI is that Abbas was part of a network that made “hundreds of millions of dollars” from business email compromise frauds and other scams.

Assistant United States Attorney Melody Wells, a prosecutor in the Chicago district attorney’s office, convinced the court that Abbas is a flight risk, describing his “significant” financial assets, “deep ties to foreign countries” and a lack of ties to the United States. Wells said Abbas had the “perfect recipe to flee the charges that he faces here.”

Abbas has sought to live with a girlfriend’s relative in Illinois, but this was queried by the prosecutor, arguing that Mr Abbas had up to this point “never visited” the girlfriend or their child in the United States. “There is no evidence that he has ever even met this ‘Uncle’ who would be the third party custodian under these circumstances,” Wells said.

The court ruled that there was “more than enough justification to order that the U.S. Marshall bring [Abbas] to California as soon as possible to answer the complaint there.” Ruling that Abbas had “A great incentive not to continue to respond to these proceedings here,” as he is “facing a long sentence.”

The court acknowledged risks that in addition to holding passports to other countries (Saint Kitts and Nevis) Abbas has “access to large amounts of money” described by the court as “not chump change.” Adding, “The fact that you project a wealthy lifestyle … you gotta be doing something right to pay $10,000 a month for an apartment in Dubai … you have access to some real cash.”

Culled from a report by David Dawkins

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Nigeria Bar Association disowns disqualified BBNaija housemate, Beauty Tukura

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The First Vice President of the Nigeria Bar Association, John Aikpokpo-Martins, has dismissed reports making rounds that Beauty Turkura, a disqualified housemate of the Big Brother reality show, season 7, is a lawyer. (more…)

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Denrele says BBNaija applicants send him nudes and more

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Media personality, Denrele Edun has shared his experience with some applicants of Big Brother Naija reality TV show. (more…)

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Mohamed Buya got his brother to stand in for him at his wedding so he could sign for Swedish team, Malmo FF

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A Sierra Leonian footballer missed his wedding day in order to finalise a transfer to a new team and instead sent his brother to represent him. (more…)

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Police invite Kizz Daniel for allegedly confiscating a cleaner’s bus for damaging his clothes

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The police in Lagos, invited Nigerian hitmaker, Kizz Daniel for questioning on Friday, according to reports. (more…)

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Musician C.I.C Reportedly Buys A $500,000 Mansion In Ghana

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Liberia is blessed with a lot of celebrities, others have been contributing their best to put Liberia as a nation to the top and higher with their talents. (more…)

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Mr Logic Pronounces Korsah As The Future of Afro Hiphop

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Controversial entertainment pundit, Mr. Logic has stated emphatically that fast-rising music talent, Korsah who is currently signed onto 610Music as the future of Afro Hip-hop in Ghana. (more…)

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