Hajia4Reall’s Legal Team Satisfied with Court Verdict, Despite Extended Sentence

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Hajia4Reall's legal team has expressed satisfaction with a U.S. court verdict that sentenced her to one year and one day in prison, following her guilty plea to conspiracy charges involving fraudulent activities. Despite advocating for a shorter sentence, her attorneys appreciate the court's decision, contrasting it with the government's initial request for a much longer incarceration period.

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Hajia4Reall, the Ghanaian socialite, has received a one-year and one-day prison sentence from a U.S. court, to the satisfaction of her legal team, Fast Law PLC. The verdict was handed down in the case of U.S. v. Mona Montrage, 22 cr 617 (JPO), on Friday, June 28.

Initially, her defense attorneys had sought a three-month sentence, but the court imposed a longer term, aligning closer with their plea than the government's recommendation of 37 to 46 months of imprisonment.

In a statement following the sentencing, Fast Law PLC expressed their contentment with the court's decision: “After a 1.5-hour sentencing, U.S. v. Mona Montrage, 22 cr 617 (JPO) comes to a close. Our client was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day, against the government’s request for 37 to 46 months of incarceration.”

The legal team conveyed their pride in the advocacy conducted on behalf of their client, noting, “We are incredibly proud of the advocacy done on our client’s behalf and the result achieved. Our client will be issuing a statement when she is ready.”

Hajia4Reall, also known as Mona Montrage, had pleaded guilty earlier in Manhattan Federal Court on February 21, 2024, to charges related to conspiracy to receive stolen money. According to federal authorities, she was involved in a scheme that amassed over $2 million in fraudulent funds, which were transferred through various accounts, including those in the Bronx and ultimately to Ghana.

The court documents revealed that Montrage participated in romance scams, deceiving victims into sending her money under false pretenses, including fictitious needs for her father’s farm in Ghana. Her actions were characterized as exploiting vulnerable individuals, particularly elderly victims, by manipulating their trust and emotions.

Manhattan US attorney Damian Williams condemned the severity of such scams, emphasizing the emotional and financial harm inflicted on victims. He underscored the impact of Montrage’s actions, stating, “Romance scams such as Montrage’s harmed her vulnerable, elderly victims not only in the cruel betrayal of trust in the realization that their online romantic connection was fiction, but by also callously stealing their money.”

The sentencing marks a pivotal moment in the legal proceedings involving Hajia4Reall, highlighting the court's decision and the ongoing efforts to address fraudulent activities impacting individuals both locally and internationally.