Everything You Should Know About Haija4Real’s Prosecution in US
17 May 2023
Written by Pharis Kinyua
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Ghanaian ‘Fine Girl’ singer Haija4Real is the latest sensation back home following her extradition to the US from UK to face ‘romance scam’ charges.
The Ghanaian artist who doubles up as an influencer is battling scamming charges in the US.
According to federal prosecutors in Manhattan, US, Haija – real name Mona Faiz Montrage - the Ghanaian celebrity scammed old American men and women over $2 million.
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A statement from the US Attorney's Office in the Southern District of New York Damian Williams, states that the Ghanaian influencer allegedly defraud one of her victims by arranging a phoney marriage.
She is accused of stealing $89,000 from her victim after sending her a tribal marriage certificate that claimed to prove their marriage took place in Ghana.
“Montrage received money from several victims of romance frauds whom members of the Enterprise tricked into sending money,” the US Attorney’s office posted on its Website.
Further, she received wired payments following her pretense to provide gold transportation services from overseas to the US. A third count is obtaining payments on account of resolving a fake unemployment probe by the FBI.
Her fourth count is obtaining money under the pretense of helping a US Army officer get some funds from Afghanistan.
Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Michael J. Driscoll said she is facing six counts of scamming.
Haija4Real appeared before a federal court in Manhattan on Monday, May 15 and plead not guilty.
She was released on a $500,000 bond with condition to always have an ankle GPS tracker as she lives with her aunt in New Jersey.
Is she is found guilty, she will face up to 10 years in jail.