What is a OneLife produced event? Does the OneCoin organization have the ability to host a beauty contest? These questions may surprise you. For this fourth episode, Jamie Bartlett and Georgia Catt go into the lion’s den. They visit Bucharest, Romania to assist Miss OneLife’s coronation. Apparently, the event had some of “the world’s most famous brands as sponsors.” However, as it happens with everything Dr. Ruja related, things are not what they seem.
This episode’s guest star is Christi Calina, who’s a OneLife “independent marketing associate” and one of the event’s producers. Since the man’s ghosting them, Jamie and Georgia ambush him at a OneLife event in the same city. The conference “looks like the real deal, just like OneCoin,” Jamie evaluates. The attendees are given access to Miss OneLife, and then things turn sour.
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About “The Missing Cryptoqueen’s” Episode Four – “Miss OneLife”
In this episode, Jamie and Georgia go through the charges against Konstantin Ignatov, Dr. Ruja’s brother. They contain some of the FBI documents about the case and include emails between Dr. Ruja and “other top leaders” of the OneLife organization. They allegedly detail the scheme’s workings. If those are real, there’s no doubt that OneCoin was a very deliberate scam from the very beginning. They even discuss how to fake the mining of the cryptocurrency, and give reasons to use a familiar term like “mining” to fool their clients.
In those emails, Dr. Ruja discusses a possible exit strategy and proposes they could “take the money and run and blame someone else for this.”
Later on, the FBI claims Dr. Ruja is “directly associated with significant players in the Easter European organized crime.”
It’s important to know that OneCoin disputes all of these allegations. In the quotes section, we included a portion of their denial. We also included concrete information about Dr. Ruja’s disappearance and a new factor that might explain why she fled at the time she did.
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Miss OneLife Beauty Pageant
The storm’s eye is where our heroes are. The OneLife team knows their identities so they can’t even enter. They don’t blend in. Everyone is “smartly dressed.” Bottles of Moet and cigars abound. This production is flawless. Jamie’s mind is blown away when the stage drops from the ceiling. They both agree that OneLife can put on a great event. But it was tedious. And it doesn’t look like any cryptocurrency-related event that the podcast host has ever attended.
“OneCoin is still going and there’s a lot of money here,” Jamie says before fleeing the event.
London producers checked everything to confirm what had happened. Famous brands believed to have been attached to Miss OneLife deny sponsoring. They’ve never heard of the event. They contact Forbes, who denies Dr. Ruja ever appeared on their cover as the magazine claimed. They then verify their educational claims. The truth is that Dr. Ruja was actually able to go to Oxford, where she received the degree.
To finish the episode off, Jamie interviews Miss OneLife UK. She gives them peripheral information, like the event’s ticketing wasn’t open to the public and one of the prizes was a gift card for cosmetic surgery. Then, Jamie mentions Dr. Ruja. She says that she heard someone important was at the event, but couldn’t remember if it was her.
Could it be that Dr. Ruja attended the Miss OneLife event as well? Apparently, “she’s unrecognizable now.”
The story becomes more captivating every minute.
Quotes From “The Missing Cryptoqueen’s” Episode Four – “Miss OneLife”
“OneCoin disputes all allegations. To our claim that OneCoin is not a cryptocurrency and that its nominal price is not determined by demand and supply, but is manipulated and set internally, they said: “OneCoin verifiably fulfills all criteria of the definition of cryptocurrency, and also those of a transparent pricing that is in line with the common market”. The BBC podcast series, they say, “is based on testimonials of haters, former employees who were either fired or disgracefully dismissed for internal company violations, intellectual property theft, and other violations. Thus, the series will not present any truthful information and cannot be considered objective, nor unbiased.”
Concrete information about Dr. Ruja’s disappearance, and a new factor that might explain why she fled:
“The FBI files also contained valuable new information about Dr. Ruja’s disappearance. “Bulgarian travel records show that on or about October 25th, 2017, Ruja flew on Ryanair from Sofia, Bulgaria to Athens, Greece.” Dr. Ruja was last seen in Sozopol, in around July 2017. This was aboard her private yacht, Davina. That is the boat we saw. The next day, on October 7th she failed to show up for a OneCoin Event in Lisbon. We now know her current location to be in Athens on the 25th of October 2017. And there’s some more clues here.
Last week I stated that Dr. Ruja was charged in absentia by the US authorities in March 2019. That’s not the whole story. We’ve learned that Dr. Ruja was actually indicted on 12th October 2017, but this indictment was sealed until March 2019. Two weeks later, Dr. Ruja disappeared. Is it possible she could have been tipped off?”
Extra material and episode credits
As you probably know if you’ve gotten this far in the series, Dr. Ruja is on the FBI’s most-wanted list. Text under her name reads:
“Ruja Ignatova is wanted for her alleged participation in a large-scale fraud scheme. Ignatova, along with others, are accused of defrauding billions from investors around the globe. This is allegedly what began in 2014. OneCoin Ltd. was a Bulgarian-based company which marketed an alleged cryptocurrency. Ignatova is accused of making false representations and statements to people in order to obtain OneCoin investments. Ignatova allegedly directed victims to make wire transfers to OneCoin addresses in order to receive investment funds. Throughout the scheme, OneCoin is believed to have defrauded victims out of more than $4 billion.”
And finally, the episode’s credits:
Presenter: Jamie Bartlett
Georgia Catt is the producer
Chris Berube is a story consultant
Editor: Philip Sellars
Phil Channell – Original music, sound design
Dessislava Stefanova, the London Bulgarian Choir and original music and vocals
Previous Companion Guides For BBC’s “The Missing Cryptoqueen” Podcast:
Ep. 01 – https://www.newsbtc.com/news/bitcoin/ep01-dr-ruja-companion-guide-for-bbcs-the-missing-cryptoqueen-podcast/
Ep. 02 – https://www.newsbtc.com/news/bitcoin/ep02-btc-killer-companion-guide-for-bbcs-the-missing-cryptoqueen-podcast/
Ep. 03 – https://www.newsbtc.com/altcoin/ep03-onecoin-companion-guide-for-bbcs-the-missing-cryptoqueen-podcast/
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