Photo and video sharing social networking service, Instagram, says that Ramon Abbas, a.k.a Hushpuppi, is free to continue using his social media account once he does not represent dangerous organisations or individuals.
Hushpuppi is currently being held in the United States for financial offences bordering on wire fraud to which he has pleaded guilty and faces a 20-year jail term if convicted.
The United States Attorney’s Office at the Central District of California says that Hushpuppi will be sentenced in late October 2021.
The court also confirmed that it ordered the FBI to arrest Deputy Commissioner of Police Abba Kyari, for his alleged role in a $1m scam allegedly perpetrated by Hushpuppi and five others.A U.S. Magistrate Judge has issued arrest warrants for the defendants in the case, including Mr. Kyari. This is standard operating procedure in nearly all of the criminal cases filed by this office.
Abbas does not fall under the categories which would validate account removal, the medium added.Instagram said accounts are only usually closed if they represent dangerous organisations or individuals.
The Dubai Police said it discovered that fraud amounting to 1.6 billion Dirham (N168bn) had been committed by the gang.No fewer than 1,926,400 people from different parts of the world were also said to have fallen victims to the suspects.
According to the Dubai police, 13 luxury cars, estimated at 35 million Dirham (N3.7bn) were recovered from the house where they were arrested.The Dubai Police later handed Abbas and his conspirators over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in the United States where Hushpuppi and his gang are facing charges, including conspiracy to commit money laundering, among others.
Abbas used Instagram to show his largesse, sharing photos of extravagant shopping trips, luxury cars, clothes and watches.An international Police investigation uncovered almost $41m in cash and 13 cars valued at about $6.8m.
Further evidence in phone and computer records contained more than 100,000 fraudulent files and the email addresses of nearly two million possible victims.Abbas owned a fleet of luxury cars, including a Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maybach.