The United States District Court for the Central District of California has sentenced convicted internet fraudster, Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi to 11 years and three months imprisonment after he was found guilty of money laundering amounting to tens of millions of dollars and other fraudulent cyber schemes.
In a statement released by the United States Department of Justice on Tuesday, Hushpuppi was also ordered by a federal judge to pay $1.7m in restitution to the two victims of the fraud.
The Assistant Director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Office, Don Alway, in the statement, described Hushpuppi as “one of the most prolific money launderers in the world.”
The judgement which was delivered by Justice Otis Wright II drew the curtain on Hushpuppi’s trial that started after his arrest in June 2020 at his Dubai hotel apartment.
Hushpuppi was repatriated to the United States on July 3. He was arrested for defrauding over 1.9 million people, majority of whom were Americans. He also pleaded guilty to the charges filed against him.