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Mona4Real reportedly took cash to help fake US army officer in receiving funds from Afghanistan

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It is reported that Ghanaian Influencer, Mona Faiz Montrage, also known as Mona4Real took money worth over $2 million from several victims of her romance frauds.

Among the many alleged acts she undertook was to receive payments to assist a fake United States army officer in receiving funds from Afghanistan.

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She also received money to resolve a fake FBI unemployment investigation and also transport gold to the United States from overseas.

Montrage is also alleged to have sent another victim a tribal marriage certificate purporting to show that she and the victim had been married in Ghana. 

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“The victim sent MONTRAGE approximately 82 wire transfers totaling approximately $89,000 to purportedly help with costs associated with MONTRAGE’s father’s farm in Ghana.

In total, MONTRAGE controlled bank accounts that received over $2 million in fraudulent funds from the Enterprise,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York wrote in a press statement.

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It is believed that she has been engaging in such activities from at least in or about 2013 through in or about 2019.

The 30-year-old is currently facing six counts and might end up spending close to a century in prison.

She is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, one count of wire fraud, one count of money laundering conspiracy, and one count of money laundering, each of which carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. 

Montrage is also charged with one count of receipt of stolen money, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, and one count of conspiracy to receive stolen money, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

The charges against Mona4Real are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The case is being prosecuted by the Office’s Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mitzi Steiner and Kevin Mead are in charge of the prosecution.


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