It has been alleged that Roja Ignatova defrauded victims of up to $ 4 billion in cryptocurrency fraud, according to a report by the British newspaper The Telegraph. Ignatova, a German national, went missing in 2017 after discovering that her boyfriend was collaborating in the FBI investigation of her company, OneCoin. The 42-year-old was last seen on a flight from Bulgaria to Greece, according to the report. The story began when OneCoin offered buyers a commission if they sold the cryptocurrency to other people in 2014.
But according to the FBI, the company was worthless and unsecured by the blockchain technology used by other cryptocurrencies. Damian Williams, Manhattan’s top federal prosecutor, said of the accused that he “figured out her plan perfectly, taking advantage of the frenzied speculation of the early cryptocurrency.”
In 2019, she was charged with eight counts, including electronic fraud and securities fraud, for managing a company based in Bulgaria. For their part, investigators have had a hard time tracking down Ignatova because she managed to escape with at least $ 500 million to help her hide.
“Money can buy a lot of friends and I guess it benefits from that,” said Michael Driscoll, deputy director of the FBI in New York. Experts said he may have changed his appearance and have high-quality fake IDs, while offering a $ 100,000 reward for any information that led to his arrest. It is noteworthy that Ignatova is the only woman in the top ten of the most wanted.