The lawyers representing suspected Nigerian fraudster, Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi, in his money laundering and fraud trial in the United States, have applied to withdraw from his case.
Gal Pissetzky and Vicki Podberesky said Mr Abbas stopped communicating with them and has now retained new lawyers to defend him in the case.
The lawyers announced their decision after months of negotiations with the U.S. government, court documents obtained by PREMIUM TIMES showed.
In June 2020, the Instagram big boy, known for flaunting his opulent lifestyle on social media, was arrested in Dubai by special operatives, including a joint team of the Dubai Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
The FBI, according to an affidavit, said Mr Abbas financed his extravagant lifestyle with proceeds of crime.
He is alleged to be the leader of a mafia behind computer intrusion, business email compromise (BEC) fraud and money laundering.