‘Hushpuppi is a real estate investor, not a cybercriminal’ – Lawyer, Gal Pissetzky
During the interview, Pissetzky said that Hishpuppi has a completely legitimate business as a real estate investor. He added that his Instagram page is also legitimate as he makes his money promoting luxury brands on his Instagram page.
Contrary to Pissetzky’s claims, an FBI affidavit alleges that Hushpuppi “conspired to launder funds stolen in a $14.7 million cyber-heist from a foreign financial institution.”
The information on the affidavit matches the February 2019 cyber-attack on Malta’s Bank of Valletta. He is also accused of being involved in a lot of other scams as part of a group that allegedly defrauded over 1.9 million people.
In response to this, Pissetzky said: “Absolutely not guilty of [the] charges they are accusing him of. Abbas was running a legitimate business and a very legitimate Instagram account and did not take part in any scam or fraud.”
On how Hushpuppi affords his lifestyle, he said: “Mr Abbas is friends with a lot of people. Somebody who has that many followers – obviously he knows and has friends in a lot of places … it’s all legitimate.”
Hushpuppi was arrested in June 2020 by the Dubai Police before being transferred to the custody of the FBI. He is facing a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.
A trial on 13 July will determine is he will be let out on bail before his trial.