Raymond Abbas aka Hushpuppi is not guilty of the charges of cybercrime leveled against him and he was running a legitimate business, his legal team, Gal Pissetzky of Pissetzky& Berliner told Forbes.
According to Forbes, the defense lawyer Hushpuppi hired to defend him Abb said his client is “an entrepreneur” who made his money legitimately through “real estate” and his work “promoting brands” as an “Instagram personality.”
According to Forbes,
Mr Abbas’s legal representative, Gal Pissetzky of Pissetzky & Berliner, told Forbes that his client [Hushpuppi] is “Absolutely not guilty of [the] charges they are accusing him of,” adding, “[Abbas] was running a legitimate business and a very legitimate Instagram account and did not take part in any scam or fraud.”
Asked how Abbas paid for his lifestyle, Pissetzky tells Forbes, “He’s an entrepreneur. He has real estate involvement … [he’s] an Instagram personality. He was promoting brands and that’s how he was very legitimately making his money.”
Quizzed on Hushpuppi’s relationship with Premier League footballers Tammy Abraham and Ezri Konsa, his lawyer says, “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.”