The Onecoin cryptocurrency hoax and its co-founder Ruja Ignatova, or “Crypto Queen,” were covered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in a recent podcast. FBI Hunts Cryptocurrency Scam Fugitives
Ignatova recently joined the FBI’s list of the ten most wanted fugitives, and Onecoin was one of the greatest cryptocurrency frauds in history.
Ruja Ignatova and the Onecoin Crypto Scam: FBI
The “Inside the FBI” podcast episode titled “Ten Most Wanted Fugitive Ruja Ignatova” was released last week by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Ignatova, also referred to as “Crypto Queen,” co-founded Onecoin, one of the biggest cryptocurrency scams in history.
The Inside the FBI podcast provides audio highlights of stories, investigations, and FBI employees. the FBI’s Office of Public Affairs’ Monica Grover, the show’s host, explained:
On this episode of Inside the FBI, we’ll learn how Ignatova, through a company once marketed as the ‘Bitcoin killer,’ didn’t change the world … but instead robbed investors of billions of dollars.
In June, Ignatova was added to the FBI’s list of the ten most wanted fugitives. For information that results in her arrest, the law enforcement agency is offering a reward of up to $100,000.
The list of Europe’s most sought also includes the co-founder of Onecoin. A reward of up to 5,000 euros ($5,000) is being offered by Europol for any information that could result in Ignatova’s arrest.
Grover said in the seven-minute audio episode: “On October 12, 2017, Ignatova was charged in connection with the Onecoin fraud operation, and a federal warrant was issued for her arrest.
Investigators believe she may have been tipped off that she was under investigation. She traveled from Sofia, Bulgaria, to Athens, Greece, on October 25, 2017, and has not been seen since.
According to reports, in July, the Greek police learned of Ignatova’s whereabouts.
She is currently 42 years old, with dark brown to black hair and brown eyes. Investigators do think she might have altered her physical appearance, Grover added. “Ignatova is trilingual in Bulgarian, German, and English. She has links to Bulgaria, Germany, Russia, Greece, and the United Arab Emirates and could be traveling on a fake passport. She is reputed to have led an opulent life.
Grover urges anyone with information about Ignatova to get in touch with their local FBI office or the American embassy or consulate in their area as the podcast comes to a close. Online tip reporting is another option.