The United States Central District Court in California has reportedly sentenced Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi to 11 years in prison.
Hushpuppi will, however, spend nine years in jail as he has already spent two years in custody since his arrest in 2020.
TheNigerian News reviews the timeline of events from the day he was arrested till date.
June 10, 2020: Hushpuppi, whose real name is Raymond Igbalode, was arrested alongside his gang of 11 other Nigerians, including Olalekan Ponle, better known as Woodbery.
July 2, 2020: The police in Dubai has extradited Raymond Igbalode Abbas, an Instagram celebrity better known as Hushpuppi, from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the United States.
July 3, 2020: He was charged with the conspiracy to commit money laundering before a United States court.
July 8, 2020: Timothy Harris, prime minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, says Hushpuppi became a legal citizen of the country by marrying another citizen.
July 9, 2020: Gal Pissetzky, lawyer to Hushpuppi, his client is not a fraudster as alleged. He said he became rich through real estate.
July 10, 2020: Gal Pissetzky, a lawyer to Hushpuppi, says the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) kidnapped his client in the name of extradition.
July 10, 2020: Frank Mba, spokesperson of the Nigeria Police Force, has described Hushpuppi as a billionaire crook for whom no one should weep.
July 14, 2020: He was denied bail by a US court in the northern district of Illinois.
July 23, 2020: Gal Pissetzky, the legal representative of Ramon Abass denied rumours that his client has been released from the US prison.
August 25, 2020: The trial of Hushpuppi was fixed for October 13, following his arraignment before a California court.
September 13, 2020: FBI uncovers new evidence against Hushpuppi.
October 6, 2020: Hushpuppi’s trial was postponed till 2021 over COVID-19.
July 28, 2021: Hushpuppi pleads guilty to money laundering.
July 29, 2021: Hushpuppi alleged bribing DCP Abba Kyari to arrest co-fraudster in $1.1m scam
July 29, 2021: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) revealed how Hushpuppi, hosted Abba Kyari, a deputy commissioner of police (DCP), at his residence in Dubai.
July 31, 2021: The United States attorney’s office in the central district of California says Hushpuppi will be sentenced in October.
August 6, 2021: Will Packer Productions, a US film company, and Mo Abudu’s EbonyLife Studios acquired rights to make a movie based on Bloomberg’s article about Hushpuppi.
January 26, 2022: The United States attorney’s office in the central district of California says Hushpuppi will be sentenced on Valentine’s Day.
August 26, 2022: Again, the United States attorney’s office in the central district of California says Hushpuppi will be sentenced on September 21.
October 3, 2022: US court adjourns Hushpuppi’s sentencing for 3rd time in seven months.
November 2, 2022: Instagram says it deactivated the account of Hushpuppi because the embattled socialite violated its rules on fraud.
November 4, 2022: The United States Central District Court in California sentenced Hushpuppi to 11 years in prison for fraud.