Dubai based Nigerian alleged fraudster, Igbalode Ramon Abbas popularly known as Hushpuppi has been denied Bail by U.S Judge, Jeffrey Gilbert after his lawyer put in a bail application and claimed his client is a legitimate businessman.
The Judge, who ruled over the case through a prison video link denied the bail application after his lawyer, Gal Pissetzky applied for his release on bail with a tracking device and relocated to live with a man who is believed to be the uncle of his wife and mother of his child.
According to media reports, the judge refused the bail application on the grounds that Hushpuppi still poses a threat to the outside world.
Should he get access to a phone and internet, he would carry out another crime therefore he is to remain in custody till he is taken to court in California for another trial.
His lawyer, who claims his client’s job as an instagram celebrity paid for his rent among other things reacted to the Judges verdict saying:
“He is loved and respected. He is a celebrity. 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. Having grown up very poor in Nigeria, Mr Abbas is now paid to pose with high-priced items such as Louis Vuitton bags that people would buy after seeing his posts on Instagram. He is an influencer. That’s a job today, as much as it is hard to imagine. That’s a full-time job.”