Gal Pissetzky, the legal representative of suspected Internet fraudster, Ramon Abass, aka Hushpuppi, has said the suspect is on his way to California, United States of America, for trial.
He added that Hushpuppi had not been released as being speculated in some quarters.
Pissetzky, a Chicago lawyer, also noted that he was still his lawyer.
“He has not been released and I am still his lawyer. He is on his way to California. Not everything you see on court documents is accurate.
“Just because the jail record says ‘released’ does not mean he has been released. He is being transferred to California,” he said.
Hushpuppi is facing trial for alleged Internet fraud.
He was initially taken to a Chicago court, where he I was denied bail, before the case was transferred to California.
The matter is being handled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which took over the case from the Dubai Police.
The Dubai Police alleged that the 37-year-old and his gang defrauded 1,926,400 people from different parts of the world and stole about 1.6bn Dirham (N168bn).
CANDIIDONLINE reports that Hushpuppi and his suspected co-conspirators were accused by the FBI of spearheading a BEC scheme that defrauded a client of a New York-based law firm out of approximately $922,857 in October 2019.
Abbas and co-conspirators allegedly tricked one of the law firm’s paralegals into wiring money intended for the client’s real estate refinancing to a bank account that was controlled by them.
He was also accused of conspiring to launder funds stolen in a $14.7 million cyber-heist from a foreign financial institution in February 2019, in which the stolen money was sent to bank accounts around the world.
Abbas allegedly provided a co-conspirator with two bank accounts in Europe, which he expected to receive €5 million (about $5.6 million) in each.
No fewer than 1,926,400 people from different parts of the world were also said to have fallen victims to the suspects, FBI reveals.
According to the police, 13 luxury cars, estimated at 35 million Dirham (N3.7 billion) were recovered from the house where they were arrested.
The Dubai police said the operation leading to the arrest of Hushpuppi was dubbed “Fox Hunt 2”.