Friday, July 1, 2022

Ruja Ignatova - ‘crypto queen’ - FBI's Most Wanted

Ruja Ignatova has been added to the FBI's list of its ten most-wanted fugitives. Ignatova disappeared in late 2017 after bugging an apartment belonging to her American boyfriend and learning he was cooperating with an FBI probe into OneCoin. She boarded a flight from Bulgaria to Greece and hasn't been seen since. Ruja Ignatova, Sebastian Greenwood, and Konstantin Ignatov launched Onecoin in 2014. It was a classic ponzi scheme. In late 2019, the remnants of Onecoin imploded. US prosecutors alleged the scheme brought in $4b world-wide.
Ruja Ignatova disappeared around the time a secret US warrant was filed for her arrest. Greenwood was arrested in 2018, Konstantin Ignatov in March 2019. In Nov 2019 he pleaded guilty to money laundering and fraud. The maximum sentence is 90 years.