A Cybersecurity expert, David Gyedu, has commented on the extradition of Ghanaian socialite Hajia4Reall to the United States from the United Kingdom over her alleged involvement in a $2 million romance scam targeting single Americans.
David Gyedu says the US-based security service Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is poised to eradicate romance scams and they will apprehend persons involved in the practice no matter their geographical location.
“This is one of its all. A lot of these are going to come because people have engaged in this for some past time and I think that this is the time. You could see when these people are on you, they really want to get a case out of this,” he said on Metro TV’s New Beat on Tuesday afternoon.
“They really want to get everything that you do, get all the role players,” he said about intelligence gathering of the FBI.
“I think there are quite a number of people who are going to be mentioned. But now they have pleaded not guilty, I think they have more time to expand into the case or open investigation into the case,” David Gyedu added.
Born Mona Faiz Montrage, known in showbiz circles as Hajia4Reall has been extradited to the United States from the United Kingdom over her alleged involvement in a $2 million romance scam targeting older, single Americans.
The 30-year-old model appeared in Manhattan federal court on Monday, May 15 for her alleged involvement in a series of romance schemes targeting older people who lived alone.
The Ghanaian Socialite pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Hajia4Reall is set to be released on home detention to her aunt’s New Jersey residence in the coming days on a $500,000 bond with GPS tracking via an ankle monitor, her lawyer, and the prosecutor’s office have confirmed.
Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Michael J. Driscoll, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), announced the unsealing of a six-count Indictment charging Hajia4Real for her role in a series of romance schemes and for laundering the proceeds of those schemes.
Mona 4Reall is a public figure who rose to fame as an influencer through her Instagram profile, under the username “Hajia4Reall,” which at one point had approximately 3.4 million Instagram followers and was among the top 10 profiles with the most followers in Ghana.
She was arrested in the United Kingdom on November 10, 2022, and was extradited from the United Kingdom on May 12, 2023.
FBI Assistant Director in Charge Michael J. Driscoll said, “We alleged today that Ms. Montrage participated in multiple romance scams – often targeting elderly victims – resulting in more than $2 million in fraudulent funds under her control.
“Romance scams – especially those that target older individuals – are of major concern. The FBI will be tireless in our efforts to hold fraudsters accountable in the criminal justice system.”
According to the court, from at least in or about 2013 through in or about 2019, the Influencer was a member of a Criminal Enterprise based in Ghana that committed a series of frauds against individuals and businesses in the United States, including romance scams.