Ruja Ignatova is the only woman on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. The “Queen of Cryptocurrency” is said to have deceived millions of investors and made a fortune of 4 billion.
Full lips, jet black hair, and a blank look – These are the required characteristics of Ruja Ignatova, one of the ten most wanted people in the world. A few days ago, the FBI of the US Federal Police put the Bulgarian-German “Queen of Cryptocurrency” on its infamous wanted list.
The 42-year-old is accused of scamming and defrauding millions of investors with her own digital currency invented by Onecoin.. According to US court documents, Ignatova is said to have stolen at least $3.4 billion. According to estimates, the amount is much larger and amounts to 4 billion dollars, which was said to have withdrawn from the pockets of its investors.
According to investigators, Ignatova’s Onecoin cryptocurrency is not based on secure and independent blockchain technology like real cryptocurrencies, but the inventor is said to have tampered with the cycle himself.
In Germany, they are being investigated for fraud in a particularly serious case and money laundering. Investigators from the North Rhine-Westphalia State Criminal Police Office put them on a worldwide search in May.
Assassins beat men and the “queen of cryptocurrency”
Ignatova is currently the only woman on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. Her image looks almost friendly compared to the killers of children, women, and beating men who appear next to her on the list.
However, the FBI urges caution, as her entourage can be armed and violent. A reward was placed on the head of the suspect: information leading to the arrest of the “queen of cryptocurrencies” will be rewarded with up to $100,000.
Recognizing Ignatova from her photo can be difficult, as the FBI believes that she underwent facial surgery, almost as is the norm with Mexican cartel leaders and Colombian drug lords.
“CryptoCoin” Documentary Series Planned
Deep fall for the doctor of law. She can actually look back on an amazing career. She studied in Konstanz, earned her master’s degree at Oxford University, and once worked for the management consultancy McKinsey.
Ignatova’s performances were pompous, as befits a queen. She loved being on stage, so she promoted Onecoin as the world’s most important future digital currency in the big plates. It should become more important than Bitcoin.
The rhetorically skilled inventor was well liked by her investors, which is why she was called the “Crypto Queen.” The shocker was even greater when it became known that Onecoin was nothing more than a large-scale Ponzi scheme.
What is tragic for investors is pure entertainment for true crime lovers. Sky Germany is already planning a three-part documentary series on the giant ‘scam’ in collaboration with British broadcaster Channel 4. It should be called “Crypto-Queen” and fits perfectly after the Netflix documentary “Tinder Swindler” or the HBO production “Out for Blood in Silicon Valley” about Elizabeth Holmes A kind of documentaries about cyber crooks.
It remains to be seen if Ignatova will be arrested by the time the documentary is released. I’ve been gone since October 2017. After a trip from Sofia to Athens, every trace of them was lost. Equally unknown is the whereabouts of the funds invested by their clients.
But one thing is for sure: With about $4 billion in her luggage, she will likely be able to hide from the authorities for a long time to come.
Bianca Luthi Business Editor and writes about the tourism, retail and real estate industry. She has studied journalism and communication sciences and has been working in the daily press since 2018. More information
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