Mona Faiz Montrage, alias Hajia4Reall has been sentenced to a one year and a day jail term by an American court in a romance fraud case that started in 2023 with her extradition from the United Kingdom.

Her lawyers had earlier argued for three months jail term citing her little daughter and the fact that she did not have previous criminal record.

The prosecution argued that a lengthier term will serve as deterrent for others involved in similar schemes.

Below are some key details that gleaned from the sentencing released by Inner City Press

Judge: The guideline is 37 to 46 months.

Assistant US Attorney (AUSA): The victims were vulnerable senior citizens. Some were promised marriage; they sent and lost money. Middlemen received 10%. AUSA: Defendant participated in this scheme fir six years. 32 victims lost $1.4 million. Meanwhile Ms. Montrage reinvented herself in Ghana.

Judge: She blames an abusive former boyfriend.

AUSA: He was arrested and deported. She continued. One victim confronted her…

Judge: She will be deported.

Defense lawyer: 3 months incarceration would be enough. She didn’t know the money going into her account was from romance fraud.

Judge: She created multiple bank accounts.

Defense: She’s never before disclosed her abuse by her ex boyfriend.

Montrage: I want to pay them back. I feel shame as a mother of an 8 year-old daughter. [Sobs] Please have mercy on me.

AUSA: She started opening these accounts at different banks at an earlier time. Many in Ghana are following this case. General deterrence is needed

Defense: Victim-1 tracked her from her instagram photos – her video had a voice dubbed over, Victim-1 was catfished

Judge: I sentence Ms Montrage to one year and one day in prison, the extra day to allow “good time.”

Defense: We propose she be allowed to fly back to Ghana as soon as she is released, with no ICE detention

AUSA: We consent

Hajia4Reall was charged and extradited from the United Kingdom where she was arrested to the USA for her role in a romance scheme.

Reports say the socialite, who had been talking about her rise through entrepreneurship, was involved in a romance scam to the tune of $2 million.

She is said to have spoken to one of her victims several times and received wire transfers to the tune of $89,000 to help fund her father’s farm.

The socialite was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, one count of money laundering conspiracy and one count of money laundering, she was also charged with one count of receipt of stolen money.