Mona Faiz Montrage, a popular Ghanaian social media influencer was recently extradited to the US from the United Kingdom after being charged in a lucrative romance scam targeting elderly Americans.
She was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, money laundering conspiracy and money laundering.
Each of the above mentioned cases carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
Montrage is also charged with receipt of stolen money, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and conspiracy to receive stolen money, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
Mona Faiz Montrage biography
Mona Faiz Montrage, popularly known as Hajia4reall, is an influencer, entrepreneur, socialite, fashionista and a mother. She gained her popularity on Instagram for her chic, fashionable outfits, and her lifestyle photos.
Her beautiful photos and her expensive lifestyle have gotten her millions of followers on her Instagram which has made her a famous face in Ghana.
Montrage is also known to keep some parts of her life private, with most commonly asked questions by fans is who her husband is.
He was born on June 26, 1993 in Tamale, Ghana, and grew up there. Her mother is Ghanaian, and her father is Lebanese.
From a young age, it was apparent to those around her that whatever she grew up to be would be something to do with fashion.
In an interview, Montrage stated that her mom noticed that she was always very particular about what she wore whenever they went out.
Mona Faiz Montrage education
Montrage went to Labone Senior Secondary School in Accra, where she took a keen interest in General Arts.
After high school, she went for her college education at the Art Institute of New York in the United States of America.
Mona Faiz Montrage daughter
Montrage is a mother of one.
She flaunts pictures of her daughter, Naila, on her social media, and the resemblance between them is hard to miss.
Naila also appears to be as fashion-forward as her mother and frequently models for 4reallkids, which is a branch of Montrage’s empire.
Montrage stated that being a mother has changed her life for the better, and she wants to be someone that her daughter can look up to and emulate.
Being in the spotlight is a tough thing so Montrage made it her mission to ensure that she does not attract unnecessary criticism for her sake and that of her daughter.
Mona Faiz Montrage husband
Montrage is not married at the moment.
In 2021, she told how her former boyfriend and father of her child, Latif, called off their plans on getting married at the eleventh hour.
This was even after he had paid her bride price and everything had been finalized for their wedding.
Montrage was previously in a relationship with Ghanaian billionaire businessman, Kennedy Agyapong well known as Kenpong.
At some point she was also rumoured to be dating Birdman, her best friend Nadia’s boyfriend.
Mona Faiz Montrage net worth
According to reliable sources, her net worth would hover around $5 million dollars.
She rose to fame after reports of her dating wealthy businessman Kennedy Kenpong Agyapong. Whether he’s the current boyfriend remains secret.
She is a model by profession, covering the faces of advertisements and magazines, and has lived most of her life overseas and that adds to her wealth and social status.
Mona Faiz Montrage age
Mona Faiz Montrage is 30 years old as of May 2023.
Mona Faiz Montrage scandal
Montrage was recently charged conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, money laundering conspiracy and money laundering.
She was also charged with receipt of stolen money and conspiracy to receive stolen money, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
Prosecutors allege that from 2013 to 2019, Montrage was a member of a criminal enterprise in West Africa that committed fraud, including romance scams, against individuals and businesses in the US.
According to prosecutors, the victims of the scheme’s romance scam were typically vulnerable, older men and women who lived alone.
The scammers allegedly would send their victims emails, texts, and social media messages that tricked them into believing they were in romantic relationships.
“Once members of the enterprise had successfully convinced victims that they were in a romantic relationship and had gained their trust, they convinced the victims, under false pretenses, to transfer money to bank accounts the victims believed were controlled by their romantic interests, when, in fact, the bank accounts were controlled by members of the enterprise,” prosecutors said.
Prosecutors say that Montrage controlled bank accounts that received over $2 million in fraudulent funds.
Montrage allegedly received money from several victims who were tricked into sending funds by being told the payments were to transfer gold to the US from overseas, resolve a fake FBI unemployment investigation or even help a fictitious American army officer receive funds from Afghanistan.
With one of her victims, Montrage used her real name and spoke with him on the phone several times, prosecutors said.
She sent the victim a fake marriage certificate that claimed the pair had wed in Ghana. The victim sent Montrage 82 wire transfers that totaled $89,000, supposedly to help Montrage’s father’s farm in Ghana.
“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,” FBI Assistant Director in Charge Michael J. Driscoll said in a statement.