OneCoin’s Ruja Ignatova on FBI’s top ten most wanted list
The FBI has added OneCoin founder Ruja Ignatova to their top ten most wanted list.
US authorities have put up a $100,000 reward “for information leading to (her) arrest”.
As per a press-release issued by the FBI earlier today;
The FBI today announced the addition of Ruja Ignatova to its Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. Ignatova is being sought for her alleged leadership of a massive fraud scheme that affected millions of investors worldwide.
On October 12, 2017, Ignatova was charged in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and a federal warrant was issued for her arrest.
Investigators believe Ignatova may have been tipped off that she was under investigation by U.S. and international authorities.
She traveled from Sofia, Bulgaria, to Athens, Greece, on October 25, 2017, and has not been seen since.
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to her arrest.
The FBI’s press-release was accompanied by a June 30th press-conference.
There are three leading theories as to where Ruja is; the bottom of the ocean, Dubai or Russia.
Ignatova is only the 11th woman to have been selected to be on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list in its 72-year history.
She is currently 42 years old and has brown eyes and dark brown to black hair. Investigators, however, believe she could have altered her physical appearance.
Ignatova speaks English, German, and Bulgarian. She may be traveling on a fraudulent passport and has known connections to Bulgaria, Germany, Russia, Greece, and the United Arab Emirates.
Special Agent Ronald Shimko, who is investigating the case out of the FBI’s New York Field Office, noted that before she disappeared, Ignatova lived a lavish lifestyle.
Dubai also fits Ignatova’s high-maintenance princess vibe over the bottom of the sea and Russia.
If you have any information about the whereabouts of Ruja Ignatova, please contact your local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.
Tips can be reported anonymously and can also be reported online at tips.fbi.gov.
Ignatova’s official FBI wanted poster is also available.
Last month Ignatova was added to Interpol’s red notice wanted list.
Europol has similarly put up a €5000 EUR reward for “any crucial information leading to” Ignatova’s arrest ($5,234 USD).
Update 23rd June 2023 – The FBI has bumped Ruja Ignatova’s arrest bounty to $250,000.