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Chicago’s experienced criminal attorney Gal Pissetzky is accusing the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of kidnapping his Instagram celebrity client Ramon Abbas popularly known as Hushpuppi.
Pissetzky who made this claim while speaking with BBC on Friday, July 10, said the US had no authority to transport Hushpuppi from Dubai claiming the US Department of State and the FBI ‘kidnapped’ his client.
“In my opinion, the FBI and the government here acted illegally when they kidnapped him from Dubai without any legal process to do so,” Mr. Pissetzky told the BBC.
“There was no extradition, there were no legal steps taken, there were no court documents filed, it was simply a call to the FBI. He is not a citizen of the United States, the US had absolutely no authority to take him,” his lawyer says.
Hushpuppi who was arrested in June in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, by the Dubai Police was later handed over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the United States.
Hushpuppi is accused of being involved in a fraudulent scheme that defrauded a New York-based law firm of approximately $922,800 through a combination of computer hacking and social engineering.
He is also facing allegations to have duped about 1,926,400 victims and charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering, among others in the US, facing a possible prison term of 20 years.
The FBI in affidavit alleged that the suspected Nigerian fraudster “conspired to launder funds stolen in a $14.7 million cyber-heist from a foreign financial institution.”
Hushpuppi’s lawyer Pissetzky earlier on Thursday, July 9, in an interview with Forbes, claimed Hushpuppi is “an entrepreneur” who made his money legitimately through “real estate” and “promoting brands”
Pissetzky refused to discuss how he was getting paid for legal fees and says the case could last several months, even longer than a year.