Cryptoqueen Ruja Ignatova on Most Wanted list: What it means for cryptos

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Cryptoqueen Ruja Ignatova on Most Wanted list: What it means for cryptos

 Cryptoqueen Ruja Ignatova on Most Wanted list: What it means for cryptos
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  • Ruja Ignatova was introduced to the wider world by “The Missing Cryptoqueen” podcast
  • She is now on the list of Ten Most Wanted fugitives for her Ponzi fraud involving the OneCoin cryptocurrency scam
  • This news might come as a severe blow to sentiments within the cryptoverse

As if things weren’t bad enough already for the cryptoverse, crypto sentiments have been dealt another major blow, courtesy Dr. Ruja Ignatova, the so-called ‘Cryptoqueen’. Ignatova is at the centre of a Ponzi scheme, namely the OneCoin cryptocurrency scam, and has now been named on the list of FBI’s Ten Most Wanted fugitives.

Even though she is quite (in)famous in the crypto circle, let us briefly discuss who is Ruja Ignatova.

Who is Ruja Ignatova?

Ignatova, a Bulgarian, pulled off one of the biggest scams in the crypto world with her OneCoin project. She touted the cryptocurrency, OneCoin, as an emerging store of value, which she claimed would topple Bitcoin in the coming days. OneCoin was started in 2014, the year when the crypto space was not as inundated with assets as it is today. Today, CoinMarketCap tracks tens of thousands of cryptoassets.

Ignatova is said to have defrauded her backers of over US$4 billion, a figure that would have ranked OneCoin as one of the top cryptoassets today in terms of market cap, had it not been busted. Ignatova is said to be out of the radar of investigating agencies since 2017.

At the height of her project, she once addressed a roaring crowd at the Wembley Arena in 2016. Ignatova’s modus operandi resembled other Ponzi schemes, including lavish parties, tall claims, and little transparency on the status of investment funds.

“The Missing Cryptoqueen”, a podcast on BBC Radio, made Ignatova a household name in the West and beyond.

Ruja Ignatova as Most Wanted

The FBI has been chasing Ignatova for long, and now she has been included in the Ten Most Wanted fugitives’ list. This significantly adds to Ignatova’s pains since the list includes dreaded terrorists, and drug cartel leaders, among other top criminals.

Before being included in the FBI’s list, Ruja Ignatova was already on Europol’s most wanted list. Ignatova’s brother was arrested in 2019 by the FBI. According to the investigators, he played an important role in the OneCoin scam.

Ruja Ignatova and cryptocurrencies

The cryptoverse is perhaps reeling from a slew of negative forces. Bitcoin plunged below US$19,000 for a brief time on the first day of July 2022. The total market cap of cryptos, according to CoinMarketCap, has also dropped below US$1 trillion.

Ruja Ignatova’s news can trigger further negative sentiments as she executed OneCoin as a pure Ponzi scheme, with little utility or long-term sustainability. This can stir a lot of negativity in enthusiasts that are already recovering from TerraUSD’s collapse and the recent halt on withdrawals by multiple platforms including Celsius Network.

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