Suspected fraudster Ramon Abbas a.k.a Hushpuppi hired another lawyer to represent him in California.
Hushpuppi’s lawyer, Gal Pissetzky who is only licensed to practice in Chicago will now be supported by Vicki Podberesky of Andrues/Podberesky law firm based in Los Angeles.
The law firm specializes in representing individuals in both state and federal criminal matters. It also stands as legal counsel for companies and individuals in administrative and in-house investigations.
Pissetzky had applied to appear Pro hac vice on behalf of the alleged fraudster in California on July 22. He used an attestation letter from the Attorney Registration and the Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court in Illinois.
So, Justice Pedro V Castillo of the U.S court in California granted his Pro hac vice request.
According to Premium Times, Pitsetssky, therefore, hired Mrs Podberesky as the local counsel to work with.
Justice Pedro V Castillo of the U.S court in California granted the Chicago lawyer’s Pro hac vice request.
In most jurisdictions, the attorney appearing pro hac vice must continue to associate with a locally licensed attorney, also referred to as “local counsel. However, the local counsel will participate in the matter to a degree that varies.
The out-of-jurisdiction attorney will provide the court with a statement from his local bar association indicating that he is a member in good standing.
Pissetzky said that the case is far from trial as the U.S. government is yet to turn over all the evidence. Therefore, he said the for the next appearance is unknown.
Hushpuppi is a Dubai-based Nigerian Instagram celebrity facing wire fraud charges in the United States.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation accused him of being part of a network. The group made “hundreds of millions of dollars” from business email compromise frauds and other scams.
The Metropolitan Correction Centre in Chicago, United States is the place where the 37-year-old had his accommodation. But now, the U.S. Marshals Service has transported him to Los Angeles following a court ruling in the Northern District of Illinois.