While ex-Dubai fraudster Hushpuppi is looking at 20 years in jail, he is still free to continue using his Instagram account.
An investigation by Instagram declared that while he broke real-life crimes, he did not violate social media laws.
That’s despite the Nigerian national being part of a multi-million dollar money laundering empire!
Instagram told The National it a policy on “inmate takedown requests” in place for prisoners active on social media.
Hushpuppi, real name Ramon Abbas, has not posted on Instagram to his 2.5 million followers since June 2020.
But he is free to use the site and his influence while he’s awaiting sentencing in America.
Hushpuppi pleaded guilty to crimes that brought him in $24 million from his victims. And he was famously arrested in a high-profile swoop at the Palazzo Versace on Dubai Creek in 2020.
After being arrested, police discovered $41 million in cash. And 13 incredible cars valued at about $6.8 million. He also had computer records for more than 100,000 fraudulent files. And two million email addresses for new victims.
Hushpuppi’s Instagram account could be disabled when…
A prison provides Facebook with legal authority to ban a prisoner’s access to social media or the internet.
Or if the prison submits facts suggesting there is a real-world safety risk.