Hajia 4 Reall Extradited to US for Alleged $2 Million Romance Scam Targeting Elderly Americans

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Ghanaian social media influencer Hajia 4 Reall, whose real name is Mona Faiz Montrage, has been extradited from the UK to the US to face charges related to an elaborate scam targeting elderly and single Americans. The Federal prosecutors have accused her of defrauding victims in a depraved lonely hearts scam, amassing over $2 million.

Appearing in federal court in Manhattan, Hajia 4 Reall entered a not-guilty plea to the allegations. Her attorney stated that she is expected to be released on a $500,000 bail with GPS monitoring through an ankle monitor.

According to the prosecutors, Hajia 4 Reall was part of a group of con artists operating from West Africa. They would assume false identities and engage victims through emails, texts, and social media messages to establish fraudulent relationships. The scammers would then manipulate their victims into transferring money under false pretenses, such as assisting with gold transfers, resolving fake FBI investigations, or supporting fictitious US Army officers in Afghanistan.

Court documents reveal that one victim was convinced to send $89,000 through 82 wire transfers, with the promise of helping Hajia 4 Reall’s father’s farm in Ghana. The fraudster even sent the victim a tribal marriage certificate to maintain the illusion of a genuine relationship.

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Manhattan US Attorney Damian Williams commented, “Mona Faiz Montrage was a member of a criminal conspiracy that specifically targeted older Americans through romance scams. These scams can be both financially and emotionally devastating for vulnerable victims.” He also commended the law enforcement efforts that led to Hajia 4 Reall’s arrest and extradition.

Hajia 4 Reall was arrested in the UK on November 10, 2022, and was recently brought to the US to face justice. She now faces charges including wire fraud, money laundering, receipt of stolen money, and conspiracy. If convicted, she could face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

Her defense attorney, Adam Cortez, stated, “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.” The case is set to proceed as investigations continue.

 

 

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