The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) profiled the Onecoin cryptocurrency scam and its co-founder Ruja Ignatova, aka “Crypto Queen,” in a new podcast. Onecoin was one of the world’s biggest crypto scams and Ignatova was recently added to the FBI’s 10 most wanted fugitives list.
FBI on Ruja Ignatova and Onecoin Crypto Scam
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) published an “Inside the FBI” podcast episode last week titled “Ten Most Wanted Fugitive Ruja Ignatova.” Also known to some as “Crypto Queen,” Ignatova co-founded Onecoin, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency scams.
Inside the FBI podcast features news and interviews from all over the FBI in audio format. The show’s host, Monica Grover from the FBI’s Office of Public Affairs, 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.
Ignatova was added to the FBI’s 10 most wanted fugitives list in June. For information that leads to Ignatova’s arrest, the law enforcement agency offers a reward up to $100,000
The Onecoin co-founder is also on the list of Europe’s most wanted. Europol offers a reward up to 5,000 Euros ($5,000) to anyone who can help Ignatova.
“On October 12, 2017, Ignatova was charged in connection with the Onecoin fraud scheme, and a federal warrant was issued for her arrest,” Grover explained in the seven-minute podcast episode, adding:
Investigators think she could have been informed that she was under investigation. On October 25, 2017, she traveled from Sofia in Bulgaria to Athens (Greece) and was never seen again.
In July, intelligence was received by the Greek police regarding Ignatova’s location.
“She’s currently 42 years old and has brown eyes and dark brown to black hair. However, investigators believe she could have changed her physical appearance,” Grover further detailed. “Ignatova speaks English, German, and Bulgarian. Her passport may not be valid and she could have connections to Russia and Greece. She’s known to have lived a lavish lifestyle.”
Grover ends the podcast by urging anybody with information on Ignatova, to contact their nearest American consulate or local FBI office. Anonymous tips can be submitted online.
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