Mona Montrage, also known as Hajia4real, reportedly entered a not guilty plea during her court appearance and is scheduled to be released on $500,000 bond with GPS tracking via an ankle monitor in the coming days for home detention to her aunt’s New Jersey home, according to her attorney and the prosecutor’s office.
“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,” her attorney, Adam Cortez, told The Post.
Mona was extradited from the UK to the US for allegedly defrauding elderly, single American men and women out of almost $2 million in a depraved lonely hearts scam, according to US prosecutors.
Mona Faiz Montrage, 30, of Accra, Ghana, appeared in federal court in Manhattan on Monday for her alleged involvement in several romance scams that preyed on elderly individuals who were living alone, according to the prosecution.
Montrage — who had around 3.4 million Instagram followers of her page Hajia4Reall at one point — from at least 2013 through 2019 was involved with a group of con artists from West Africa who assumed fake identities to trick people into thinking they were in relationships with them using emails, texts and social media messages, the feds said.
The scammers would then get the victims to transfer money to them under false pretenses — 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.