German authorities are finally investigating OneCoin founder Ruja Ignatova’s husband, Bjorn Strehl.

Despite being tied to OneCoin’s fraudulent activities, Streh, till now, has managed to remain in the shadows.

Reports Himmelheber on May 30th for NRWZ;

(Ruja’s) husband remained unmolested by the authorities.

It’s amazing, especially since Ignatova, who grew up in Schramberg, has been on Interpol’s and Europol’s Most Wanted list since May 11.

But now investigations are apparently running against him. It’s money laundering.

The sum: around 7.7 million euros.

Himmelheber reports German authorities opened an investigation into Strehl in August 2021.

One transaction Prosecutors are have traced is 7.69 million EUR, transferred from Ruja to Strehl from a Hong Kong account. Prosecutors suspect the money is tied to OneCoin.

Raids in connection with the investigation into Strehl were carried out in January. Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, all we know thus far is 60,000 EUR was seized.

Chief Public Prosecutor Hartmann: “The very complex investigations are expected to continue for several months.” There is “still extensive evidence, especially storage media, to evaluate”.

When asked whether [Strehl] had already commented on the allegations, Hartmann stated that the accused was represented by a lawyer. “We have not yet received a statement on the matter.”

Strehl didn’t respond to Himmelheber’s attempts to contact him.

Whether Strehl is a subject of interest to US authorities is unclear. A US Grand Jury indicted Ruja Ignatova in 2017. She was added to Interpol’s red notice list last month.

Strehl is suspected of financially benefiting handsomely from OneCoin’s Ponzi scheme. Thus far though he’s managed to keep out of prison.

Perhaps Strehl’s role in OneCoin is finally catching up with him.


Update 6th May 2023 – German Public Prosecutors have charged Bjorn Strehl with money laundering.