Ghanaian singer, Mona Faiz Montrage, otherwise known as, Hajia4Reall, or Mona 4Reall, has been extradited to the USA over an alleged $2 million romance scam.
Having been in the UK for some time now, she was extradited to the United States for her involvement in a scam which affected the elderly, single American and women were affected.
The popular Ghanaian socialite, according to Federal prosecutors, appeared in federal court in Manhattan on Monday.
“She entered a not-guilty plea to the allegations, and according to her attorney, she will be released in the upcoming days on a $500,000 bail with GPS monitoring via an ankle monitor,” a report said.
The Federal prosecutors added: “the scammers would then get the victims to transfer money to them under false pretences — such as to help move gold to the US from overseas, to resolve bogus FBI investigations and payments to help fake US Army officers in Afghanistan, court papers allege.
Montrage, in one case, allegedly duped a victim into sending her $89,000 through 82 wire transfers on the pretext of helping her father’s farm in Ghana, the court documents claim.
She tricked the person into believing the pair were married by sending them a tribal marriage certificate after a series of phone conversations using her real identity, the filing alleges”.
“As alleged, Mona Faiz Montrage was a member of a criminal conspiracy that specifically targeted older Americans through romance scams,” Manhattan US Attorney Damian Williams said in a statement. “These scams can be both financially and emotionally devastating for vulnerable victims.”
“Thanks to the efforts of our law enforcement partners, Montrage was arrested abroad and has been brought to the United States to face justice,” the statement continued.
Mona was arrested on November 10, 2022.
She is being charged with wire fraud, money laundering, receipt of stolen money and conspiracy.
Her lawyer Adam Cortez told The Post: “At this time all we know is that there are six alleged victims and only two dealt with a woman and only one of them claims that he dealt with Ms. Montrage.”