Hushpuppi not released yet – US Lawyer speaks
A few hours ago, a news item published here on GHANAFLAVER indicated that Nigerian billionaire, Hushpuppi who has been arrested on the charges of fraud has been released from the Metropolitan Correctional Center Chicago, a Federal Bureau of Prisons in USA where he was ‘kept’ while he goes about his court proceedings.
This report was backed with a piece of fresh information available on the U.S Federal Bureau Of Prisons website indicating Hushpuppi has been released on 20th July 2020.
Well, Hushpuppi’s lawyer, Gal Pissetzky has come out to clear the issues surrounding this report.
He said Hushpuppi was not freed from the Chicago prison but rather he’s on his way to California, United States of America, for trial.
He told The PUNCH on Wednesday night that Hushpuppi had not been released as being speculated in some quarters.
Pissetzky, a Chicago lawyer, also noted that he was still his lawyer.
“He has not been released and I am still his lawyer. He is on his way to California. Not everything you see on court documents is accurate.
“Just because the jail record says ‘released’ does not mean he has been released. He is being transferred to California,” he told our correspondent on the phone.
Hushpuppi is facing trial for alleged Internet fraud.
He was initially taken to a Chicago court, where he was denied bail, before the case was transferred to California.
The matter is being handled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which took over the case from the Dubai Police.
The Dubai Police alleged that the 37-year-old and his gang defrauded 1,926,400 people from different parts of the world and stole about 1.6bn Dirham (N168bn).