Instagram celebrity, Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi, has been sentenced to 11 years imprisonment.
He was sentenced on Friday for fraud and money laundering by the United States Central District Court in California.
Hushpuppi, who had already spent two years in prison, is now expected to spend nine more years behind bars in the US.
Prior to his sentencing, he had appealed for leniency from the judge, Justice Otis Wright for good behaviour during his time served in prison.
The socialite was arrested in Dubai in June 2020 alongside 12 accomplices. He was accused of hacking, impersonation, scamming, banking fraud, and identity theft, and thereafter extradited to the US for prosecution.
He was also alleged to have engaged in an extensive fraud scheme that robbed his victims of their money in the U.S, Qatar, the United Kingdom, and other countries.
Upon being extradited to the United States, Hushpuppi was charged with fraud and money laundering.
Since Hushpuppi’s conviction last year for alleged $1.1m fraud, the court moved his sentence date at least four times. Hushpuppi was initially scheduled for sentencing on February 14 but it was moved to July 11 and to September 21 before it was postponed to November 3 this year.
Hushpuppi, 39, then agreed to plead guilty to the multi-million-dollar fraud charges slammed against him by the American government in July 2021.
With the hope of getting a lighter punishment, Hushpuppi then entered into a plea bargain agreement with the US government in July 2021.