Abbas Ramon, alias Hushpuppi, who is currently awaiting sentencing in a US court, has pledged to refund $1.7 million in restitution to victims of his fraudulent schemes.
Even though he only received $300,000 from the crimes, the Nigerian Instagram celebrity claimed.
He stated this in a handwritten letter to trial judge Otis Wright of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
Hushpuppi begged for mercy in a letter to the judge ahead of his November sentencing, expressing regrets and apologies for his actions.
Mr Abbas has been detained since his arrest in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and rendition to the United States (US) in June 2020.
He wrote an emotional letter to the judge on September 9th from Central Valley Annex Prions in McFarland, California.
The three-page letter was among the documents his lawyers have filed in court, pleading with the judge to reduce his sentence below the calculated range prescribed by statute.
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Mr Abass pleaded guilty to conspiracy to engage in money laundering, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
Full restitution despite benefiting a ‘fraction’
Mr Abbas stated in his letter that he was willing to pay the full restitution for the crimes with his legitimately earned funds, hoping that the judge would sentence him to a much shorter prison term in exchange.
“Your Honour, I totally recognize the seriousness of my offence and no amount of sorry can right my wrong in the hearts of the victims,” he wrote. “This is why I have decided to use my personal money to offset the entire $1,700,000 restitution even though I only benefited a fraction of $300,000 plus but it makes me feel better that all the victims get every penny back.”