Dr. Ruja Ignatova, the founder of OneCoin, has resurfaced again after more than five years of vanishing from the public eye. Ruja’s appearance is linked to a London property in a filing submitted this month to the British government. The filing listed Ruja as a beneficial owner of Abbots House Penthouse Limited, which is a Guernsey-based company that had purchased a million dollars worth of penthouse in London.
According to the 28th of January report from the New York Post, this penthouse property was recently put up for sale for a price of $15.5 million, which was later lessened to around $13.6 million. According to the report, the list has since been taken down. Ruja was forced to step forward as the owner of this property due to rules involving overseas companies. The disclosure describes that since May 2016, Ruja has owned the penthouse through Abbots House Penthouse Limited.
However, according to the 27th of January report from the BBC, the recent listing can be traced back to prosecutors in Bielefeld, a German city, rather than UK law officials or herself. This latest news that Ruja resurfaced come after more than five years of hiding due to fraud charges. In 2014, Ruja launched OneCoin, which was billed as a Bitcoin killer to investors. But in reality, it was a Ponzi scheme, and the network for the token was never even built. Currently, the founder of OneCoin is on the list of FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted.
Moreover, she is also on the list of Europe’s most high-profile fugitives. And she is currently facing allegations of wasting around $5 billion of investors’ money in 2017. For seeing her behind bars, the FBI is currently offering a $100,000 reward for information that could lead to her arrest. The last time, she was appeared in 2017 when she fled Bulgaria. Since then, several security agencies have been finding her, and still, they don’t get any useful information leading to her arrest.