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Hushpuppi excelled in cleaning activities in jail- Lawyer

Ramon ‘Hushpuppi’ Abbas has asked US District Judge Otis Wright for mercy and a reduced sentence ahead of his sentencing later this month, claiming that he had changed after excelling in cleaning activities.

Hushpuppi’s record, which Peoples Gazette obtained as part of his memorandum opposing prosecutors’ sentencing recommendations, demonstrated that he performed well and interacted well with other inmates.

His Central Valley workshop for prisoner’s reports card revealed that the Internet fraudster performed “very well” in attitude, quality of work, dependability, and productivity between July 2021, when he enrolled, and November 2021, when he completed work.

“He is currently working within his prison cleaning windows and showers—for which he has received great personal evaluations,” Mr Abbas’ lawyer Louis Shapiro wrote in the September 5 memorandum.

The prosecution and defence have been arguing about the appropriate sentence for Mr Abbas, who was arrested in Dubai in June 2020 and then transferred to a prison in the United States as his trial progressed.

While the prosecution, led by Assistant US Attorney Khaldoun Shobaki, sought 11 years in prison and $2.2 million in restitution and fines, Mr Shapiro argued that his client had changed in prison and should be given a sentence of about two years.

Mr. Shapiro also stated that Mr. Abbas is responsible for three minor children in London, the United States, and Dubai, as well as his ailing parents in Nigeria.


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Mr Wright is scheduled to hear the prosecution and defense sentencing arguments on September 21 before rendering his decision in the case.

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