Onecoin’s Co-Founder Ruja Ignatova Has Been Added to the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitives List – Bitcoin News


One of Onecoin’s co-founders, Ruja Ignatova, otherwise known as the ‘Cryptoqueen,’ was added to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives on Thursday. In addition to adding the Cryptoqueen to the most coveted list, the FBI is offering a reward of up to $ 100K for tips that lead to the arrest of the 42-year-old woman.

Onecoin’s Cryptoqueen is now on the FBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted List

Ruja Ignatova is known for her involvement with the Onecoin Ponzi scheme, and it is estimated that the fraud allegedly deceived people out of $ 4 billion. The pyramid scheme promoted Onecoin as a blockchain project with native cryptocurrency but there was no blockchain and no real cryptocurrency behind the fraud.

However, the management of Onecoin, recruits and Ignatova advertised the project as if it were a “bitcoin killer”. From late 2014 to March 2016, Ignatova presented Onecoin sales and recruited members regularly. During the end of the operational status of the scheme, the company issued a notice that the operations will be suspended for two weeks. By January 2017, the Onecoin xcoinx exchange had closed indefinitely and Ignatova had disappeared.

Last November, findings stemming from a lawsuit against Martin Breidenbach, Ignatova’s German lawyer, showed that the Cryptoqueen allegedly lived a lavish lifestyle and bought a $ 18.2 million London penthouse before she fled. In mid-May 2022, the European Union Agency for Cooperation in Law Enforcement, Europol, added Ignatova to the list of Most Wanted Refugees in Europe.

FBI Special Agent: “We Want to Bring It to Justice”

The following month, on June 30, 2022, the FBI added the Cryptoqueen to the U.S.-based list of Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. The list launched in March 1950 was created to promote the capture of America’s criminal masterminds. For the past 72 years, Ignatova has joined the list as the 11th woman to be chosen by the FBI.

“Onecoin claimed to have a private blockchain,” FBI special agent Ronald Shimko explained in a statement Thursday. “This is in contrast to other virtual currencies that have a decentralized and public blockchain. In this case, investors were only asked to trust Onecoin.” Shimko added that he hopes Ignatova’s name on the list will bring more attention to the case to bolster the Cryptoqueen’s arrest. In the FBI press releaseShimko concluded:

There are so many victims all over the world who have been financially devastated by this. We want to bring her to justice.

Investigators say before the Cryptoqueen fled, she had black hair and brown eyes, but the FBI thinks “she could have changed her physical appearance.” The domestic intelligence service and security service say Ignatova is fluent in Bulgarian, German and English.

“She may be traveling with a fraudulent passport and knows links to Bulgaria, Germany, Russia, Greece and the United Arab Emirates,” the FBI press release added. The FBI is asking informants to contact any local FBI office or the nearest U.S. embassy to provide information about the Cryptoqueen’s whereabouts.

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Jamie Redman

Jamie Redman is the News Leader at News and a financial technical journalist living in Florida. Redman has been an active member of the cryptocurrency community since 2011. He has a passion for Bitcoin, open source code and decentralized applications. Since September 2015, Redman has written more than 5,700 articles for News about the disruption protocols appearing today.

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