Ruja Ignatova: Worldwide manhunt for the “crypto queen”

Where is Ruja Ignatova?
Lka is searching the world for a fleeting crypto scammer

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She handed in billions with the supposed cryptocurrency OneCoin. Now the “crypto queen” Ruja Ignatova is wanted worldwide. The 41-year-old is charged with collective fraud and money laundering.

She promised rosy prospects for the competing product to Bitcoin and raised a lot of money with OneCoin. Ruja Ignatova performed in front of large crowds and was hailed as the new “crypto queen”. In 2017, the doctor went into hiding. Now the prosecution in Bielefeld and the State Criminal Police in North Rhine-Westphalia are looking for the crypto swindler due to joint fraud in a particularly serious case and money laundering.

Born in 1980 in Russia, Bulgaria and raised in southern Germany, the woman is considered the driving force and intellectual inventor of the supposed cryptocurrency OneCoin. This should be based on a Ponzi scheme and be virtually worthless.

Ruja Ignatova is said to have deceived a number of investors

Ignatova is said to have persuaded investors around the world to invest in this worthless currency. Investors were deceived about the technical background of the so-called “mining”.

Passport photo of Ruja Ignatova

Ruja Ignatova has been in hiding since October 2017

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The fraud damage identified in the proceedings so far in Germany is just over 88 million euros. 60,000 investors alone are said to have fallen for them in this country. The damage worldwide is likely to be significantly greater. According to US investigators, it should be a total of four billion US dollars (3.35 billion euros).

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In addition to the existing national and European arrest warrants, the refugee is now wanted worldwide. Interpol search is running in 194 countries.

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The search was also published on Europol’s International Wanted Fugitives website. On Wednesday from 20.15, a search will also be made on the ZDF program “Aktenzeichen XY … unresolved”.

The suspect has been in hiding since October 2017. On October 25, 2017, she flew from Sofia to Athens. Your current residence? Unknown. “As a result of her actions, she is likely to have significant financial resources and supports and contacts around the world,” a police spokesman said. A reward of 5,000 euros is offered for information leading to the arrest of the refugees. Please contact the State Criminal Police Office in North Rhine-Westphalia on 0211/939 6644 or any other police station.



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Sources: BKA, North Rhine-Westphalia Police, Bielefeld Public Prosecutor’s Office

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