Hushpuppi, a self-confessed international fraudster from Nigeria, told a US court that he had no idea the $14.7 million Malta bank heist was an Internet crime. He claimed he inadvertently gave “an old friend” in need of bank account information. Unbeknownst to him, Ghaleb Alaumary was a bank heist mastermind.
Louis Shapiro, an American defence attorney hired by Mr. Abbas, stated this in a memorandum seeking a downward review of the fraudster’s sentencing.
“In this case, Mr Abbas was approached by an old friend Ghaleb Alaumary (“Alamaury”) and was asked to help him procure bank account information. This information was to be used to wire transfer fraudulently obtained funds. The extent of which was unknown to Mr Abbas”.
Hushpuppi’s lawyer further asserted the money heist had already been set in motion even before the Nigerian’s involvement.
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In the document, Mr Abbas said returning to Nigeria after his sentence would be his undoing. He asserted his role in the indictment of Abba Kyari, has put him at grave risk of being harmed.
Mr Abbas is looking at spending 11 years in prison and three years of supervised release for his role in a multinational conspiracy that earned him millions of dollars between 2019 and 2020.
Meanwhile, Hushpuppi, faces sentence on September 21, according to the US Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.
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