Instagram Says Hushpuppi Can Continue Using His Social Media Account
Instagram said self-confessed fraudster, Hushpuppi, can continue using his social media account. With real name Ramon Abbas, Hushpuppi is currently facing trial in the United States after being arrested in Dubai for massive scams on a global scale. Although he has pleaded guilty to large-scale frauds, Instagram revealed that Hushpuppi has not violated any of its regulations.
Hushpuppi was a social media influencer with more than 2.5 million followers on Instagram. He lived a lavish lifestyle and often showed off his ill-gotten wealth on the social media. He flaunted his expensive cars, watches, designer clothes, mansions, and rare wines on the Internet. He also showed off large caches of cash to the amazement of millions of people around the world.
When he was arrested by the Dubai Police in April, the authorities found about $41 million cash in his possession. More than 13 cars ranging from Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Mayback were seized from his residence and these were valued at more than $6.8 million.
Further investigations revealed he possessed more than 100,000 fraud files in his smartphones and computers, and he was estimated to have scammed almost two million people worldwide.
Law enforcement in Dubai handed over Hushpuppi to the FBI in the United States. He and members of his duping gang are facing charges of internet fraud and money laundering, among other things. He pleaded guilty to the charges and is currently in jail, awaiting sentencing in November. Investigators said he faces up to 20 years in prison.
But Instagram said Hushpuppi can continue using his account unless otherwise barred by authorities in the US. The video and photo social network said the fraudster’s offence does not fall into the category where his account will be terminated, and that he is not a dangerous individual.
“Despite pleading guilty to his crimes as revealed in court documents from April 2021, Abbas is yet to be imprisoned, so his account does not breach Instagram policies or community standards,” Instagram revealed to Dubai newspaper The National, “unless directed otherwise from law enforcement in the US, where he is awaiting sentencing.”