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Ghana Influencer Montrage For Romance Scams On $500000 Bail, New Counsel Wants 60 Days

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Nov 8 – A Ghana-based influencer was hit with a six-count Indictment charging MONA FAIZ MONTRAGE for her role in a series of romance schemes and for laundering the proceeds of those schemes.  MONTRAGE was arrested in the United Kingdom on November 10, 2022, and was extradited from the United Kingdom on May 12, 2023. 

MONTRAGE was to be presented before U.S. District Judge Paul A. Crotty -- Inner City Press was there, thread here:

OK - now at arraignment of Ghana's Montrage, her lawyer says he spoke with her for 20 minutes in the 5th floor holding cell. Now waiting for her to be brought in by Marshals, in chains

Montrage has been brought in yellow prison jumpsuit, appears to have been crying.

AUSA: She was extradited from UK on Friday. Her counsel waived presentment until today. Bail is proposed: bond of $500,000 signed by three, $100,000 secured bond.

 AUSA: Home detention with aunt in New Jersey. Detention until $100,000 security, and two signatures.

Judge Crotty: How do you plead?

Montrage: Not guilty.

On May 24, the executed bond was docketed. The co-signers are Hashimiyu Haruna, Fatahia Chung and Ayisheto Al Hassan...

On October 6, the pre-trial conference was pushed back a month.

On November 8, Montrage's new lawyer wrote in and asked for another 60 days.

More details on Substack here

The case is US v. Montrage, 22-cr-617 (Crotty)


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