Hushpuppi has dumped his top Chicago lawyer as court transfers trial to California.
The popular Nigerian Instagram celebrity facing wire fraud charges in the United States with real names Ramoni Abbas has agreed to settle for a government lawyer after his case was transferred to another district.
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Mr Abbas had hired a top lawyer in the U.S., Gal Pissetzky of the Pissetzky & Berliner law firm as his attorney.
Mr Pissetzky, renowned for handling criminal cases in Chicago, had argued that his client sourced his money from promoting designer products on social media and a real estate investment.
It should be noted a Chicago court, on Monday, denied him bail and ruled that he remains in detention till his next trial date later in the year.
Mr Abbas’s case has also transferred to the Central District of California for prosecution.
American prosecutors had earlier said Mr Abbas would still be transferred to Los Angeles, a city in California.
During the detention hearing on Monday, the government orally renewed its motion for removal in custody and the government’s oral motion was granted.
If convicted, Mr Abbas would get a minimum sentence of 20 years in the U.S. federal prison.