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Fact Check: Reports of Hushpuppi’s Sentencing is False

The United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) for Central District of California has shown that viral reports claiming Nigeria’s celebrity hacker Ramon Abass Olorunwa ‘Hushpuppi’ has been sentenced to 11 years in prison is false.

There are multiple reports on the internet on Friday, November 4, 2022, with some Nigerian national media, news blogs and social media influencers claiming Hushpuppi, who’s presently in detention in Los Angeles, has been sentenced to 11 years in jail and he is to serve nine years in jail after spending two years in detention since his arrest in June 2020.

The report did not quote any official source.

The reports claimed “he (Hushpuppi) was finally sentenced to 11 years in jail by the United States Central District Court in California. But Hushpuppi Abbas will spend nine years in prison because he had spent two years already in the US following his arrest in Dubai in 2020.”

The spokesperson of the USAO for Central District of California, Thom Mrozek, in an email said the report is not true.

“Not true. Sentencing hearing won’t happen for three more days,” Mrozek wrote.

Hushpuppi has spent more than two years in detention in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, and Los Angeles in the US as he awaits his sentencing which has been shifted multiple times since he pleaded guilty to his alleged crimes.

The email further showed that his sentencing would be taking place on Monday, November 7th.

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