Hushpuppi Denied Bail In The US, To Remain In Prison

Suspected fraudster, Hushpuppi, has been denied bail by a Federal Magistrate Court in the US.

The 37-year-old appeared by video in a Chicago court on Thursday, where his lawyer, Gal Pissetzky, applied for him to leave jail with an electronic tag and live with a relative in the country.

Mr Pissetzky said his client had too much to lose to flee the country.

“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,” he said.

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Pissetzky argued that anywhere Hushpuppi goes, people will know so he has no reason to run away. He  also argued that his client is an influencer and not a fraudster.

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,”
Mr Pissetzky told a judge in Chicago by videolink.
The Judge, Jeffrey Gilbert denied the bail application stressing thatthat Mr Abbas was a flight risk and he would remain in custody until he was taken to a court in California.

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