FBI: $100K Reward for Capture of Ten Most Wanted
June 30, 2022
The FBI New York, along with the United States
Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York
and the IRS Criminal Investigation Newark Field Office,
named Ruja Ignatova (a.k.a. “Cryptoqueen”) to the FBI
Ten Most Wanted Fugitive list for allegedly defrauding
investors of billions of dollars. The FBI is offering a
reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to her
A federal grand jury indicted Ignatova, and the United
States District Court, Southern District of New York,
issued a warrant for her arrest in October 2017. In
February 2018, a superseding indictment was issued
charging Ignatova with one count each of Conspiracy to
Commit Wire Fraud; Wire Fraud; Conspiracy to Commit
Money Laundering; Conspiracy to Commit Securities Fraud;
and Securities Fraud.
Investigators say Ignatova allegedly took part in a
large-scale fraud scheme. Beginning in approximately
2014, Ignatova and others are alleged to have defrauded
billions of dollars from investors all over the world.
Ignatova was the founder of OneCoin Ltd., a
Bulgaria-based company that marketed a purported
cryptocurrency. In order to execute the scheme, Ignatova
allegedly made false statements and representations to
individuals in order to solicit investments in OneCoin.
She allegedly instructed victims to transmit investment
funds to OneCoin accounts in order to purchase OneCoin
packages, causing victims to send wire transfers
representing these investments. Throughout the scheme,
OneCoin is believed to have defrauded victims out of
more than $4 billion. Ignatova served as OneCoin’s top
leader through October 2017.
Ignatova traveled from Sofia, Bulgaria, to Athens,
Greece on October 25, 2017, and may have traveled
elsewhere after that. She may travel on a German
passport to the United Arab Emirates, Bulgaria, Germany,
Russia, Greece and/or Eastern Europe.
Anyone with information on Ignatova’s whereabouts are
asked to call the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI, or report
online at tips.fbi.gov. They could receive a reward of
up to $100,000 for information leading to her arrest.
The FBI also believes there may be more victims who have
yet to be identified, and they are also encouraged to
call the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI.