OneCoin founder Ruja Ignatova has been included in the list of ten wanted fugitives by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for participating in investor fraud worth more than $ 4 billion. This was reported by Coindesk.
The Southern District Court of New York (SDNY) will hold a press conference next Thursday to announce the news.
Ignatova was the leader and public figure of the OneCoin project, which was launched in Bulgaria in 2014. The founder of the project told investors that the cryptocurrency OneCoin can be exchanged and has a real value. In fact, OneCoin did not exist on the blockchain, and Ignatova and her team manipulated its price by automatically issuing new coins.
Ignatova has been on the run since 2017. In May 2019, a class action lawsuit was filed against Ignatova, OneCoin and several other project managers. When they did not respond to the lawsuit, the plaintiffs were ordered to default.
Earlier this year, Ignatov was included in the list of most wanted by Europol, the law enforcement agency of the European Union.