Cryptoqueen is the latest addition to the FBI’s most-wanted List

“Cryptoqueen” joins the FBI’s top ten most wanted fugitives list for defrauding investors worth $4 billion. OneCoin was a fake cryptocurrency that the German citizen was selling.

Ruja Ignatova (or ‘Cryptoqueen), was indicted on eight counts of wire fraud and securities fraud. She ran the pyramid scheme OneCoin Ltd, based in Bulgaria. Prosecutors claim that the company offered members commissions to convince others to purchase a ‘worthless crypto currency’.

Damian Williams stated, “She timed it perfectly, capitalizing upon the frenetic speculation of the early day’s cryptocurrency.” Williams is a Manhattan federal prosecutor.

“Ignatova vanished in 2017 after she spied on her boyfriend from America and learned that he was cooperating in an FBI investigation into OneCoin. Williams revealed that she was on a flight from Bulgaria and Greece, but has not been seen since.

Williams claims that OneCoin is “one the most successful Ponzi schemes ever created”.

When the FBI believes that the public can assist in locating suspects, it adds fugitives to its most wanted’ list. Moreover,

Michael Driscoll (the FBI’s assistant director in New York), stated that the FBI offers a $100,000 reward if Ignatova is captured.

Driscoll stated that Driscoll left the country with a huge amount of money. Michael Driscoll stated, “Money is able to buy a lot of friends, and I would assume she’s taking advantage.” Driscoll serves as the FBI’s assistant director-in­-charge in New York.

Mark Scott, an ex-corporate lawyer, was also charged by the FBI for laundering approximately $400 million for OneCoin. He was also found guilty of conspiracy to launder money. This was in addition to his conspiracy for bank fraud.


The FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to the arrest of Ruja Ignatova.


Ignatova is believed to travel with armed guards and/or associates. Ignatova may have had plastic surgery or otherwise altered her appearance.


Ruja Ignatova is wanted for her alleged participation in a large-scale fraud scheme. Beginning in approximately 2014, Ignatova and others are alleged to have defrauded billions of dollars from investors all over the world.  Ignatova was the founder of OneCoin Ltd., a Bulgaria-based company that marketed a purported cryptocurrency.  In order to execute the scheme, Ignatova allegedly made false statements and representations to individuals in order to solicit investments in OneCoin.  She allegedly instructed victims to transmit investment funds to OneCoin accounts in order to purchase OneCoin packages, causing victims to send wire transfers representing these investments.  Throughout the scheme, OneCoin is believed to have defrauded victims out of more than $4 billion.

Ignatova served as OneCoin’s top leader through October 2017. On October 25, 2017, Ignatova travelled from Sofia, Bulgaria, to Athens, Greece, and may have travelled elsewhere after that.  She may travel on a German passport to the United Arab Emirates, Bulgaria, Germany, Russia, Greece and/or Eastern Europe.

On October 12, 2017, Ignatova was charged in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York and a federal warrant was issued for her arrest.  On February 6, 2018, a superseding indictment was issued charging Ignatova with one count each of Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud; Wire Fraud; Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering; Conspiracy to Commit Securities Fraud; and Securities Fraud.

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