The Chicago, US based Pissetzky of Pissetzky & Berliner Law Firm, said his client, Hushpuppi ran legitimate businesses including real estate, as reported by The Punch.
While speaking with Forbes, Hushpuppi’s legal representative said his client is “Absolutely not guilty of (the) charges they are accusing him of,” adding, “(he) was running a legitimate business and a very legitimate Instagram account and did not take part in any scam or fraud.”
On how his client, Huspuppi paid for his lifestyle, the lawyer said, “He’s an entrepreneur. He has real estate involvement … (he’s) an Instagram personality. He was promoting brands and that’s how he was very legitimately making his money.”
It could be recalled that Hushpuppi, along with others, were arrested in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, by the Dubai Police Authorities, who revealed that upon the arrest of Hushpuppi and 12 other members of his crew, it discovered that fraud amounting to 1.6 billion Dirham (N168 billion) had been committed by the gang of Nigerian fraudsters.
In addition, the Dubai Police revealed that no fewer than 1,926,400 people from different parts of the world were also said to have fallen victims to the suspected internet scammers.
The Dubai police further disclosed that a total of 13 luxury cars, estimated at 35 million Dirham (N3.7 billion) were recovered from the houses where the Nigerian fraudsters were arrested.
The suspects were later handed over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the United States by the Dubai Police Authorities, and have since been arraigned on charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering, among other internet scams committed by the gang.
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