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Alleged OneCoin Scam Could Be Much Bigger than $4 Billion

The United States government’s estimate that the OneCoin multi-level marketing scam is worth $4 billion could be far lower than the actual sum of mishandled funds, according to Jamie Bartlett, the head of the BBC’s The Missing Cryptoqueen podcast, which focuses on tracking down OneCoin co-founder Ruja Ignatova.

Indeed, citing the podcast, crypto news outlet CoinTelegraph said that the figure could be more than three or four times the US government’s estimate of roughly $4 billion. Documents uncovered by Bartlett during his research have revealed that OneCoin may have taken in $4 billion from just one continent.

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OneCoin co-founder Ruja Ignatova is still at large

According to Bloomberg, OneCoin generated roughly 3.4 billion euros ($3.8) between the fourth quarter of 2014 to the third quarter of 2016; the company that allegedly ran the scheme, OneCoin Ltd., claimed to have over three million users worldwide.

Ruja Ignatova, who co-founded OneCoin with her brother, Konstantin Ignatov, has been missing since 2017 after OneCoin was widely suspected to be a scam. Ignatova, who was referred to as the “CryptoQueen” during the project’s peak, has been charged in connection with the case but has not appeared in court.

Ignatov was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport in March and is testifying as a witness for the government.

 

OneCoin’s lawyer claims that he didn’t know OneCoin was fraudulent

Last week, Finance Magnates reported that US-based attorney Mark Scott has been accused of filtering OneCoin’s money through a large number of shell companies, offshore bank accounts, and other fraudulent investment schemes to launder more than $400 million in illegally-generated funds. Scott is now on trial himself.

Prosecutor Julieta Lozano pointed out in court that in exchange for these services, Scott was paid with three multimillion-dollar homes in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and a 57-foot yacht, as well as several luxury cars.

At the time of writing, OneCoin’s website appeared to be up and running.

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