Apparently making a claim to one of her homes in London earlier this month, the self-proclaimed “Crypto Queen,” Dr. Ruja Ignatova, who has been on the run since 2017 to avoid criminal prosecution, reportedly emerged earlier this month.
According to a revelation that was published in the New York Post, Ignatova is one of the beneficial owners of a penthouse property that was formerly owned by the Guernsey-based company Abbots House Penthouse Limited and is located in the London area of Kensington, England.
Recently, the penthouse was put up for sale on the market with an initial asking price of $15.5 million, which was eventually reduced to around $13.6 million, and the listing has since been withdrawn.
It is thought that Ignatova bought the property in the name of a company; however, a new regulation for foreign businesses demands that the complete identity of the beneficiary of the organization also be listed.
As a consequence of this, Ignatova’s legal representatives filed a formal claim on the property with the financial authorities of the United Kingdom, naming Ignatova as the “beneficial owner” of the property.
Ignatova reportedly defrauded investors out of up to $5 billion in 2017 before vanishing from the scene. Ignatova ran away in 2017 after checking in for a trip to Athens, Greece, from Bulgaria, which was the location of OneCoin’s headquarters at the time.
She reassured OneCoin investors that “We are the Bitcoin killer,” however it turned out that these grand statements were a lie as Ignatova lived luxuriously off the stolen monies.
Karl Sebastion Greenwood, who was one of the co-founders of OneCoin, entered a guilty plea to charges of wire fraud and money laundering a month ago. Greenwood’s position as the leading multi-level marketing (MLM) distributor of OneCoin resulted in him earning around €20 million per month.
Ignatova was the only woman on the FBI’s “10 most wanted list” when she was placed on it in July of last year. She was classified as the Most Wanted by the FBI. Ignatova was wanted on eight crimes, including wire fraud and securities fraud, and the FBI has announced that it would pay a reward of one hundred thousand dollars for any information that leads to her capture.
In May of 2022, Ruja’s name appeared on a list of the most sought criminals in Europe as well. Ignatova is wanted for questioning by Europol, which is the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation. The agency is offering a reward of 5,000 Euros for information that leads to her arrest.
Compiled by Coinbold