Nigerian alleged cyber fraudster and hacker,Ramon Abbas a.k.a Hushpuppi has hired another lawyer to represent him in California, since Gal Pissetzky is not licensed to practice in the state.
The reasons why he hired another lawyer was because Gal Pissetzky is not licensed to practice in Chicago will now be supported by Vicki Podberesky of Andrues/Podberesky law firm based in Los Angeles.
Mrs Podberesky of Andrues/Podberesky law firm based in Los Angeles, specialises in representing individuals in both state and federal criminal matters, as well as companies and individuals in administrative and in-house investigations.
Dubai-based Hushpuppi and 12 other members of his gang were arrested on June 10, 2020 after six raids carried out simultaneously.
His new lawyer, Pissetzky had applied to appear Pro hac vice on behalf of Hushpuppi in California, with an attestation letter from the Attorney Registration and the Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court in Illinois.
Mrs Podberesky was hired as the local counsel to work with Mr Pitsetssky after Justice Pedro V Castillo of the U.S court in California granted the Chicago lawyer’s Pro hac vice request.
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.
In most jurisdictions, the attorney appearing pro hac vice must continue to associate with a locally licensed attorney, also referred to as “local counsel.”
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.