Hajia4Reall Pleads Guilty In $2m Romance Fraud Case

The plea follows her reported extradition to the United States from the United Kingdom in May 2023 over her alleged involvement in the scam targeting older, single Americans.

Hajia4Reall admitted to one count of conspiring to receive stolen money, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. As part of the plea agreement, she also agreed to forfeit $2,164,758.41 and make restitution in the same amount. U.S. District Judge, Paul A. Crotty, is scheduled to sentence her at a later date.

The guilty plea was announced by the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Damian Williams, who emphasized the serious consequences faced by individuals involved in romance scams. Williams highlighted the harm inflicted on vulnerable, elderly victims who were deceived into believing false romantic connections online.