On Wednesday, the United States Attorney’s Office at the Central District of California announced that Ramon Abbas, also known as Hushpuppi, would be sentenced on Valentine’s Day.
According to Thom Mrozek, the court’s Director of Media Relations, Hushpuppi, a Nigerian Instagram sensation, was scheduled for sentencing after pleading guilty to various offences bordering on internet scam and money laundering.
Documents filed in California showed that Hushpuppi’s crimes had cost his victims more than $24 million.
Following a plea agreement he signed last year, 37-year-old Hushpuppi risks 20 years in jail, a fine of $500,000, or twice the gross gain or gross loss resulting from his offence.
Valentine’s Day is not one Abass will love to spend in a court awaiting a judge’s verdict on criminal charges. In the past, it was one day Hushpuppi would blow his horn and flaunt his wealth. Here is a throwback to what February 14 used to look like for him.
2017: ‘KNOW YOUR PLACE‘
On Valentine’s Day in 2017, Hushpuppi, with a picture of himself dressed in Gucci outfits and sitting on an orange seat, advised men on how to spend the day.
He wrote: Know your place! Don’t let any girl come and spoil your Valentine groove, especially those ones with bad eyebrows!
“Love your picture. I wish I was you,” one of his followers commented.
“All the way, you will never fall,” said another Instagram user.
2018: ‘DON’T THINK I HAVEN’T PAID MY DUES‘
On February 13, 2018, the eve of Valentine’s Day, Hushpuppi posted a picture of himself standing in a lavishly furnished living room with an expensive chandelier worth thousands of pounds dangling above his head.
He wrote: Don’t ever think I haven’t paid my dues, just because you haven’t seen my receipts. I had my own fair share of struggles through the journey here. I can only show you something beautiful; I can’t make you appreciate it.
The post was greeted with several comments.
“Wise words! More wins!” A follower wrote.
“Keep it up! I love your lifestyle,” said another.
2019: BENTLEY BENTAYGA FOR VALENTINE’S DAY
To celebrate Valentine’s Day in 2019, Hushpuppi presented himself a black Bentley Bentayga worth $250,000.
The post came with a caption on Instagram: Bought myself a new Bentley Bentayga for Valentine. The best way to celebrate the season of love.
What followed were thousands of congratulatory messages from his loyal followers.
“After, some mumu go say you no get car…haha….more success bro,” one follower wrote.
“Now, I believe say you get money,” said another Instagram user.
2020: ROLL WITH ME BABY
On February 14, 2020, Abbas posted a picture of himself dressed in an expensive Gucci outfit and seated on the bonnet of a red Ferrari that costs over $200,000 dollars.
Below the picture was a caption: Roll with me baby; You’ll prosper.
The post turned out to be his last Valentine’s Day post as he was arrested in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, in a raid carried out by the e-police unit of the Dubai Police in June 2020.
After news broke that Hushpuppi would be sentenced on Valentine’s Day, an Instagram user left a comment under his 2020 post: This year’s Valentine, Na Blue You Go Wear.
Hushpuppi currently has 2.6 million followers on Instagram.
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