US govt agrees to reduce Hushpuppi's sentence to 11 years

The US government has agreed to reduce Hushpuppi's sentence to 11 years in exchange for his assistance in solving other criminal cases.

Prosecutors in the United States have asked a federal judge to sentence Ramon Abbas AKA Hushpuppi to 11 years in prison and three years of supervised release for his role in a multinational conspiracy that earned him millions between 2019 and 2020.

According to The MEDIA, American attorneys led by Khaldoun Shobaki in the United States District Court for the Central District of California (Los Angeles) argued that Hushpuppi should also be ordered to pay $1.7 million in restitution, $500K in fines, and $100 in administrative fees, per recommendations submitted ahead of his September 21 sentencing.

The news comes more than two years after the infamous Internet fraud ringleader was apprehended in Dubai in June 2020 for orchestrating multiple schemes that targeted victims in Europe and the United States. In April 2021, he pleaded guilty after prosecutors discovered his involvement in a separate conspiracy to defraud a Qatari businessperson, who lost $810K while attempting to obtain an elusive loan to establish an international school.

The prosecutors contended that their sentencing recommendations were appropriate in light of Hushpuppi's crimes. Ghaleb Alaumary, one of his co-conspirators, was sentenced to 140 years in prison for violating the same set of criminal codes, according to the government.

"By his own admission, defendant conspired to launder over $300 million in just 18 months," prosecutors said. The government claimed Mr. Abbas' criminal path was planned, despite the fact that he had a clear opportunity to choose a rewarding career as a law-abiding citizen.

The government argued that Mr Abbas' sentence was reduced because he cooperated with detectives on our criminal cases under investigation and prosecution in American courts.

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