Following his arrest, and trial expected in the days ahead, reports have emerged that Abbas Ramon, popularly known as Ray Hushpuppi has hired a former lawyer to Michael Jackson, Mark Geragos, to represent him in court.
Members of his inner circle made this public even though the embattled Instagram celebrity is yet to confirm the report.
Popular Nigerian singer and music, Samklef, confirmed the news via his official Instagram, saying:
Mark Geragos is Hushpuppi lawyer. Former Micheal Jackson lawyer This movie go sweet pass Netflix… he might not even spend all his time. he will work with the government. And regain his freedom. Will be giving u guys update. #samklefblogginaire
Mark Geragos, reports say, has been at the centre of some of the country’s most sensational cases for over five decades, representing names such as Winona Ryder, Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, Colin Kaepernick and Scott Peterson.
Recall that Hushpuppi was arrested last month by law enforcement officials in the United Arab Emirates and transferred to the US last week by the FBI.
Prosecutors allege that Huspuppi is one of the leaders of a global network that use computer intrusions, business email compromise (BEC) schemes and money laundering capers to steal hundreds of millions of dollars.
Hushpuppi appeared in a federal court in Chicago on Friday as prosecutors accused him of conspiring to launder hundreds of millions of dollars through cybercrime schemes.
According to a federal affidavit, one of the alleged victims was the client of a New York-based law firm that lost nearly a million dollars in 2019.
Hushpuppi was arrested alongside a close associate popularly known as Woodberry.
The FBI, in the wake of their arrest, launched a manhunt, calling on the public to assist with information that would lead to the arrest of six other Nigerians who have so far been declared wanted.