Dubai based top boy, Hushpuppi who is currently faced with cyber fraud allegations in the United States, has dumped his Chicago lawyer Gal Pissetzky, after his trial was moved to California.
The self-acclaimed Instagram influencer, whose real name is Ramon Igbalode, had been arraigned in Chicago on money laundering charges following his arrest in Dubai and immediate extradition to the US.
Within that time he hired the top lawyer who immediately took up his defense. But Hushpuppi was denied bail in a Chicago hearing, with a judge ruling that he would remain detained until his trial later this year.
Premium Times revealed that Igbalode’s documents showed that his case has been moved to the central district of California for prosecution.
It was reported that the transfer had come after the US government orally renewed its motion for removal in custody and the motion was granted during the detention hearing on Monday.
“Accordingly, Defendant is ordered removed to the Central District of California in the custody of the U.S. Marshal forthwith,” the court ruled after which the defendant was moved on Tuesday.
“As provided by 18 U.S.C. § 3142(f), the defendant is remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal and shall remain in custody until further order of the Court.”
It is also understood from the commitment letter sent to California that Hushpuppi had refused to retain Pissetzky as his attorney, requesting that a court-appointed counsel be assigned to him.