Greek Yacht Murder Unravels Case of Missing Bulgarian Cryptocurrency Queen

New evidence suggests that Ruja Ignatova, the Bulgarian woman on the FBI's most-wanted list for masterminding a multi-billion dollar fraud, was murdered on a yacht in Greece in 2018.

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A new chapter with Greek “flavour” in the case of 42-year-old Ruja Ignatova, the Bulgarian woman who is on the FBI and Europol’s 10 most wanted list and who has been missing since 2017, seems to open a new chapter in the case according to an article published by the website bird.bg.

According to the publication, Ignatova, whose last appearance was in 2017, has been the victim of a murder in Greece, specifically on a yacht in November 2018. According to the publication, in fact, the body of the Bulgarian woman was dismembered and scattered in the Ionian Sea.

The publication is based on the report of police officer Lyubomir Ivanov who was murdered in March 2022. The document was found and seized during the investigation after the murder.

This report, which is allegedly based on a testimony by the Bulgarian Georgi Georg Georgiev Vassiliev, claims that the murder of Ignatova was requested by “Takis”, a “notorious drug baron”.

At the same time, however, a Twitter account specializing in exposing the scam set up by Ignatova and her accomplices pointed out that “her death could have been possible but the FBI is not in the habit of putting dead people on the most wanted list.” It should be noted that the Bulgarian woman was put on this list in June 2022.

The fraud and the “Greek” involvement

As noted in the FBI’s announcement about Ignatova, she was the mastermind behind a fraud scheme set up in 2014 through which she ripped off billions from investors around the world.

The 42-year-old Bulgarian woman was the founder of OneCoin, claiming at the time that her cryptocurrency “would kill Bitcoin”.

“She instructed her victims to transfer funds into OneCoin accounts in order to buy packages offered by the company. Through this scam, OneCoin is estimated to have taken more than $4 billion from its victims,” the FBI statement said.

Greek Yacht Murder Unravels Case of Missing Bulgarian Cryptocurrency Queen
Screenshot from FBI’s website: Source

On October 25, 2017, when Ignatova was last seen in public, she traveled from Sofia, Bulgaria, to Athens and may have traveled elsewhere since then, the U.S. agency said, noting that those trips made on a German passport may have been to the United Arab Emirates, Bulgaria, Germany, Russia, Greece and/or Eastern European countries.

The FBI is offering a $100,000 reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest of the “cryptocurrency queen”, as she was nicknamed, not excluding the possibility that she may have undergone surgery to change her appearance.

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