Dancehall musician, Shatta Wale is surprised that some people are calling on the US’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), to investigate him following the arrest of his friend and colleague Mona 4Reall.
Speaking in a video on Facebook, the musician found the requests preposterous stating that he works hard as an artiste to make a decent living.
“How do you tag FBI to check Shatta Wale because Hajia4Reall has been arrested and is being investigated for fraud? Those tagging FBI, go ask them if they have my records. Do you think I do fraud, why will I fraud, do I look like a criminal? Can’t you see the hard work I put in? As I speak now, I sleep in the studio just to record,” Shatta Wale said.
‘Do I look like a fraudster?’ – Shatta Wale reacts to calls for FBI probe over his affiliation with Hajia4Reall
He lamented that people reacted the same way when the CEO of his former label Zylofon Music, Nana Appiah Mensah, was arrested, as if to suggest he would go penniless after the Menzgold saga.
Shatta Wale said “as soon as he [Nana Appiah Mensah] had a challenge, you were jubilating that they would take my house from me. Did you see anyone buy us a house? Do I look like a fraudster? Don’t you see my hard work?”
This comes after the singer and social media influencer Mona 4Reall was extradited to the United States for her alleged involvement in a $2 million romance scam targeting older single Americans.
She faces six charges and has pleaded not guilty in a Manhattan federal court.
Meanwhile, according to Ghana’s Financial Intelligence Centre (IFC), which is working in conjunction with INTERPOL and FBI on the case, all persons within the social and business network of the suspect are now persons of interest in the investigation.
“Obviously, she’s not going to be working alone, she’s going to be working in a network. The evidence that you have access to will actually lead you to be able to find out who her greater network is and obviously, if you find her greater network, by instinct you will want to look at those people because then they become persons of interest,” Deputy Manager of IFC, Shaun Henry Osei, said in an interview.
Shatta Wale and Mona 4Reall have been friends for long, to the extent that he calls her godmother.
Mona 4Reall worked with Shatta Wale on his music video Bullet Proof. Shatta Wale was also featured on Mona 4Reall’s song when she launched her music career.