'Cryptoqueen' Now on FBI's List of 10 Most-Wanted Fugitives — $100,000 Reward Offered
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'Cryptoqueen' Now on FBI's List of 10 Most-Wanted Fugitives — $100,000 Reward Offered

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Ruja Ignatova, who is originally from Germany, vanished in 2017 after she bugged an apartment belonging to her boyfriend and discovered he was cooperating with an FBI investigation.

'Cryptoqueen' Now on FBI's List of 10 Most-Wanted Fugitives — $100,000 Reward Offered

A woman accused of defrauding crypto investors out of $4 billion has been added to the FBI's list of its 10 most-wanted fugitives.

Ruja Ignatova — who is now known as "Cryptoqueen" — faces eight charges of wire fraud and securities fraud for her involvement in running OneCoin.

Prosecutors have claimed the company was nothing more than a pyramid scheme that got members to entice other people to buy a cryptocurrency with no value.

It's been described as "one of the largest Ponzi schemes in history" — and it's alleged that it was "perfectly timed" to coincide with the frenzied speculation that was seen during the early days of the crypto markets.

Ignatova, who is originally from Germany, vanished in 2017 after she bugged an apartment belonging to her boyfriend and discovered he was cooperating with an FBI investigation.

She boarded a flight from Bulgaria to Greece and hasn't been seen since.

The FBI's assistant director-in-charge in New York, Michael Driscoll, says a $100,000 reward is on offer for information that leads to her capture.

However, he acknowledged that it will be challenging to find her exact whereabouts.

"She left with a tremendous amount of cash. Money can buy a lot of friends, and I would imagine she's taking advantage of that."

Check out CMC Alexandria's history of OneCoin and everything that led up to her disappearance here.

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