Nigerian internet fraudster Ramon ‘Hushpuppi’ Abbas has pleaded for leniency in his sentencing in District Court for the Central District of California on the grounds that he was a changed person after earning several school certificates during the period of his incarceration.
After spending more than two years in a US prison, Mr Abbas, through his lawyer Louis Shapiro, asked the court to look at the many positive changes he made while incarcerated and reduce his years of condemnation.
According to Mr. Shapiro, instead of sitting idly by in prison, Mr. Abbas devoted himself to hours of study, acquiring relevant knowledge in specific areas such as mental health, psychology, computing and creative writing.
“Mr. Abbas kept himself busy during this ordeal. Rather than sit back and do nothing, he channeled his entrepreneurial spirit into earning multiple certificates in the educational programs offered by the prison system,” said a court document filed Sept. 5 in court. district of the Central District of California and seen by Peoples Gazette. . “This includes mental health, psychology, English and IT programs.”
Despite contracting COVID-19 in a US prison, the lawyer said Mr Abbas was undeterred, observing the annual Muslim Ramadan fast with prayers.
“He also continued to uphold his Muslim faith by observing Ramadan, saying prayers and reading several books. He maintained that success while suffering from gallstones and Covid 19,” the document states.
US prosecutors have asked the court to sentence Mr. Abbas to 11 years in prison and three years of probation for his role in a multinational conspiracy that earned him millions of dollars between 2019 and 2020.