Two OneCoin scammers sentenced to prison in Argentina
Following guilty pleas by two of the fourteen OneCoin defendants in Argentina, the pair have been sentenced to prison.
Adolfo Domínguez and Aldo Leguizamón will serve three years and six months and four years and three months respectively.
As reported by La Nacion on November 7th, Dominguez’s and Leguizamon’s guilty pleas saw them
freely and voluntarily recognize their intentional participation in the crime, that is, having taken part in a criminal organization organization that was dedicated to offering an alleged cryptocurrency.
It was proven that the cryptocurrencies that were offered as a profitable business opportunity did not exist as such.
“They were not real”, but were part of a “ploy used by the defendants to hide a pyramid scheme”.
Argentinian authorities made their first OneCoin arrests back in 2020. In 2021 the number of arrested suspects climbed to fourteen.
Three additional suspects have been indicted but remain at large;
- Ruja Ignatova – OneCoin’s founder, missing since 2017
- Konstantin Ignatov – Ruja’s brother; arrested in the US in 2019, plead guilty and awaiting sentencing
- Jose Gordo – Spanish national who oversaw OneCoin scamming in Latin America, OneCoin top earner and still at large and promoting Ponzi schemes to Latin Americans
It is unclear whether Argentinian authorities have sought an international arrest warrant for Gordo (right).
Believed to be residing in Spain, Spanish authorities have thus far failed to take any action against Gordo.
As of September 2021, the remaining twelve Argentinian OneCoin defendants’ defense was focused on recruitment of police officers.
Being a strawman defense that doesn’t excuse their own scamming, it’s unlikely to hold up in court.
La Nacion reports that the “illicit association” component of the OneCoin criminal case is currently at the trial stage. It is unclear when the case will conclude as a whole.
Given the two guilty pleas entered, I’m not anticipating any surprises. Pending conclusion of the case and expected lengthy prison sentences, we’ll keep you posted.
Meanwhile in Germany: “Not only does it take us years to do anything, our criminal trials are a clown show…”
The Netherlands: “Wut is a Ponzi? And this in-ter-net? Also if there is only “one coin”, how can all these people have the same coin? Ooohh I need to lie down.”
And Bulgaria: “Why would we arrest anyone when they keep paying us?”
this is serious very good news please more must be behind bar.
It comes as no surprise that such schemes target hierarchycal organisations like the police.
It is amazing that there are places with justices going after Ponzi scammers and cryptobros, when usually is the opposite (Yes, I am taking about Cositorto and looking at you Buenos Aires Federal Justice Lijo).
I miss lots of money because of this scammed. Good news.
UK – we dropped the investigation even though there is about £ 100 million missing from UK residents, and fixed property. Move along, nothing to see here;
Italy – we’ll get round to it. The Steinkeller brothers all look the same and it’s hard to find them when two of them have fixed addresses.
New german tv-docu about Ruja
Meanwhile a Sandstone cofounder (investigation firm) is going to be extradited from Luxembourg to USA : FBI thinks he is one of the leading launderers of OneCoin.
Source : intelligenceonline dot fr (in French)
We in Slovenia are also waiting onecoin organisor and scammer Boštjan Zajc to finally become a prisoner.
He scammed thousands of people, selling them fake coins and promises.
Today this con-man is working and begging the money for Lyconet pyramid scam. Disgusting.
These guys have been locked-up for nearly two years.
Overcrowding in Argentinian holds is a scandal. With good behaviour, time done, and a promise to cooperate, they might just walk.
Video by Javier Saavedra (Spanish).
Pictured is Eduardo Alejandro Taylor, who was arrested:
Also featured in the video are Mónica Gabriela Blasco and José Antonio Gordo Valero (aka José Gordo).
A commenter asked a question about Dagcoin and Success Factory. Javier Saavedra linked to this article in his response:
José Antonio Gordo Valero (aka José Gordo) is still active. Screenshot from yesterday:
Screenshot from today with link to weweglobal.es