As the alleged fraud case against Ramon Abbas proceeds to Los Angeles in California, there is ongoing report that his attorney, Gal Pissetzky, will be supported by another top rated lawyer, Vicki Podberesky.
Mrs Podberesky of Andrues/Podberesky law firm based in Los Angeles, specializes in representing companies and individuals in administrative and in-house investigations as well as individuals in both state and federal criminal matters.
Mr Abbas, popularly addressed as Hushpuppi, is a Dubai-based Nigerian Instagram celebrity accused of wire fraud charges in the United States.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation accused him of being part of a group that made “hundreds of millions of dollars” from business email compromise frauds and other scams.
The 37-year-old was formerly held in the Metropolitan Correction Centre in Chicago, United States but now, has been transported to Los Angeles by the U.S. Marshals Service, after a court ruling in the Northern District of Illinois.
This newspaper gathered that Mr Pitsetssky, a top criminal defense lawyer, who is only licensed to practice in Chicago, has applied to appear Pro hac vice on behalf of the alleged fraudster in California.
Pro hac vice refers to a practice in which a lawyer who has not been admitted to practice in a certain jurisdiction is allowed to participate in a particular case in that jurisdiction.
The out-of-jurisdiction attorney is required to provide the court with a statement from his local bar association indicating that he is a member in good standing.
The order for Mr Pissetzky to appear pro hac vice with Mrs Podberesky was granted by a judge, Pedro V Castillo, of the U.S court in California on Friday
Mrs Podberesky has been hired as the local counsel to work with Mr Pitsetssky.
Mr Abbas might spend the next twenty years in prison if convicted of the crime.