OneCoin founder Ruja Ignatova, also known as “Cryptoqueen”, has been added to the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list for her role in the allegation of defrauding investors of more than $4 billion.
Specifically, this wanted warrant was executed by the FBI in New York, along with the United States Attorney’s office in the Southern District and the IRS Criminal Investigations Office in Newark Field. The Federal Bureau of Investigation also offered a reward of up to $100,000 for information that could lead to her arrest.
In 2014, Ignatova launched “OneCoin” with the aim of replacing Bitcoin as the world’s leading digital currency. Taking advantage of the popularity of cryptocurrencies at the time, Ignatova and accomplices persuaded investors to pour money into one of the largest multi-level scams in the history of the crypto industry.
This organization then successfully dispersed 4 billion USD extremely sophisticated. The scam has caused serious damage to a series of gullible investors around the world, including Vietnam.
FBI Assistant Director Michael Driscoll affirmed at a press conference today:
“The 10 Most Wanted List is an important tool. We believe that publicizing these subjects will help the criminals to reveal themselves soon.”
In addition, New York FBI special agent Ronald Shimko also added in a statement:
“There are many victims around the world who have been severely affected by this financial incident. We want to bring her to justice as soon as possible.”
The “crypto queen” was completely lost before the federal arrest and wanted order was issued. According to the FBI, she traveled from Sofia – Bulgaria to Athens – Greece on October 25, 2017 and has since disappeared.
Other key figures in the OneCoin leadership have also been arrested. Among them is Ignatova’s brother, Konstantin Ignatov, who has pleaded guilty and is awaiting a 90-year prison sentence. Sebastian Greenwood, who was detained in Thailand in 2018 and later extradited to the US, is currently awaiting trial. Another accomplice, American lawyer Mark Scott, was convicted in November 2019 of participating in the laundering of $400 million with OneCoin.