Suspected Nigerian fraudster Ramon Abbas failed to win bail in the US after his lawyers claimed his job as an Instagram celebrity paid for the $10,000 monthly rent on his luxury Dubai flat.
Mr Abbas, 37, known to millions on social media as Hushpuppi, was arrested in
Dubai and taken to the US.
There he is accused of laundering millions of dollars from crimes including cyber
heists, frauds and an attempt to cheat an English Premier league club out of £100
According to reports from Thenational.ae Hushpuppi appeared by video in a Chicago
court on Thursday, where his lawyers applied for him to leave jail with an
electronic tag and live with the uncle of a woman with whom the Instagram star had
a child, the court was told.
Prosecutors said he could commit crimes with just a smartphone and an internet
connection, and that he posed too much of a flight risk.
Mr Abbas, who was identified on phone contacts with an alleged conspirator as
Billionaire Gucci Master, lived in the five-star Palazzo Versace hotel in Dubai, wore
high-end clothing and posed with luxury cars and private jets.
Judge Jeffrey Gilbert, denied bail for Mr Abbas, who watched proceedings from a prison video link.