• Bulgarian media outlets have reported that the founder of the fraudulent cryptocurrency scheme OneCoin, Ruja Ignatova (aka the “Cryptoqueen”) may have been murdered in November 2018.
• The suspect is rumored to be a leader of a criminal gang and one of the drug kingpins in East Europe named Hristoforos Amanatidis (“Taki”).
• Ignatova was last seen in Athens, Greece in 2017 and is included on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list.
Cryptoqueen’s Alleged Murder
Secret police documents seen by Bulgarian media outlets revealed that Ruja Ignatova, better known as the “Cryptoqueen,” might have been brutally murdered over four years ago. The hitman, acting on behalf of local drug lord Hristoforos Amanatidis (“Taki”), supposedly chopped her body and threw her remains into the Ionian sea.
Connection to Onecoin Fraud Scheme
Some coverages believe he ordered Ignatova’s assassination because he had a connection with her fraudulent cryptocurrency project OneCoin. The “Cryptoqueen” and her brainchild scammed millions of people between 2014 and 2016, stealing over $4 billion from victims.
FBI’s Most Wanted List
Ignatova is included in the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list and has been missing since 2017 when she was last spotted in Greece.
Reasons Behind Her Disappearance
It is speculated that she could have been killed due to her involvement with Taki and/or her fraud scam or else she could be hiding away due to facing legal action for her alleged crimes.
Investigation Still Ongoing
Authorities are continuing their investigations into both Ignatova’s disappearance and potential murder as well as her potentially fraudulent activities related to OneCoin.