‘Crypto Queen’ Wanted: FBI Puts $5 Million Price Tag On OneCoin Founder’s Arrest

As a researcher with a background in financial fraud investigations, I find the ongoing case of Ruja Ignatova and the OneCoin scheme to be both intriguing and alarming. The recent announcement of a $5 million reward for information leading to her arrest is a testament to the extensive reach and impact of this global financial scam.

The US authorities have just offered a substantial reward of up to $5 million for anybody who provides information that results in the capture of Ruja Ignatova, the creator of OneCoin, being arrested.

In collaboration with American investigators, Bulgarian authorities are delving into a major financial fraud and money laundering case involving extensive wrongdoing.

One Of The FBI’s Most Wanted

The interim prosecutor of Bulgaria, Borislav Sarafov, accentuated the joint work between Bulgarian and American law enforcement teams in dealing with the OneCoin scam case. Sarafov underlined the ongoing probes against Ignatova, who is wanted for charges linked to the infamous OneCoin financial pyramid scheme, in both nations.

Sarafov announced intentions to pursue legal action against Ignatova in Bulgarian courts. The objective is to bring charges against her in absentia and subsequently seize any assets obtained through illegal activities.

‘Crypto Queen’ Wanted: FBI Puts $5 Million Price Tag On OneCoin Founder’s Arrest

The US Ambassador, Kenneth Merten, emphasized the severity of the accusations against Ignatova. He described OneCoin as one of the most significant frauds ever, with reports indicating that victims have lost approximately $4 billion.

According to Plamen Tonchev, the head of Bulgaria’s State Agency “National Security” (SANS), the role of Ignatova in the OneCoin scheme was that of a key figure in a deceitful financial operation bearing strong similarities to a pyramid scheme.

The Rise And Fall Of OneCoin

As a researcher looking into the origins of OneCoin, I can trace its history back to 2014 when Ruja Ignatova established the company. She presented it as a cryptocurrency operating under similar principles. Yet, upon closer examination, it became clear that OneCoin did not possess an authentic blockchain model or payment system.

As doubts and inquiries mounted in various nations, with some accusing it of being a pyramid scheme, OneCoin’s reputation grew increasingly questionable.

In March 2016, the Norwegian Direct Selling Association was one of the first organizations to publicly identify the fraud as a pyramid scheme. Later in May of the same year, a warning against this scheme was issued by the Hungarian Central Bank.

In 2017, OneCoin made a false assertion that it was the first Vietnamese company authorized by the government to function as a digital currency. This declaration was quickly debunked by Vietnam. The next year, Bulgarian law enforcement conducted a raid on OneCoin’s office, leading to Ignatova’s disappearance upon the issuance of an arrest warrant.

Following the arrest of co-founder Sebastian Greenwood in 2018, Konstantin Ignatov took over as head of the company. However, Konstantin was also arrested in November 2019 and subsequently admitted guilt to charges of fraud and money laundering.

In 2017, Ignatova eluded authorities by leaving Sofia and relocating to Athens. Her name was subsequently included on the FBI’s list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives in 2022.

‘Crypto Queen’ Wanted: FBI Puts $5 Million Price Tag On OneCoin Founder’s Arrest

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2024-06-27 06:07