London flat on sale for £11m is 'linked to Cryptoqueen' hunted by FBI

Fit for a ‘Cryptoqueen’? Four-bedroom London flat ‘connected to fugitive Bulgarian fraudster being hunted by the FBI after “scamming investors out of billions through Pyramid scheme”‘ goes on the market for £11M

  • Ruja Ignatova vanished in 2017 after allegedly being part of £3.2bn crypto con 
  • Dubbed the ‘cyptoqueen’ the 42-year-old lawyer was the founder of OneCoin 
  • Ignatova is on FBI’s top 10 ‘most wanted’ list with a $100k reward being offered 
  • Now it’s reported she has made a claim on a swanky £11m flat in Kensington  

A swanky £11 million penthouse believed to belong to one of the world’s most-wanted fugitives, who has been on the run after allegedly masterminding a £3.2 billion cryptocurrency scam, is up for sale. 

Ruja Ignatova, dubbed the ‘Cryptoqueen’, is reportedly flogging off her plush pad in Kensington, London, after formally claiming ownership of it.

The 42-year-old, who vanished in 2017,  is being hunted by international crime-fighting agencies who accuse her of pulling off the financial scam of the century. 

Ignatova allegedly used her OneCoin cryptocurrency to defraud billions from investors across the globe between 2014 and 2018.

The businesswoman is on the FBI’s top 10 ‘most wanted’ list in connection with the con, with the agency offering a $100,000 (£80,892) reward for information leading to arrest. 

Ignatova was last seen publicly in 2017 after arriving incognito on the 7am Ryanair flight to Athens from Sofia, Bulgaria. She’s now one of the world’s most wanted fugitives 

She has been placed on the FBI’s ‘10 Most Wanted’ list – becoming the only woman on it – with a $100,000 (£80, 892) reward on offer for any information leading to her arrest

Now it has emerged lawyers representing her have made a formal claim to a four-bedroom property in Kensington, listing the OneCoin founder as the flat’s ‘beneficial owner’ on Companies House, reports iNews.

The revelation comes after a joint probe by Jamie Bartlett and the BBC in 2021 established the missing ‘Cryptoqueen’ was connected to a property in the exclusive Abbots House apartment block.  

The same flat is now reportedly on the market for £11 million via Knight Frank, which describes the home as an ‘impressive four bedroom penthouse’, in one of the most ‘interesting developments’ of the fugitive’s story, Mr Bartlett said. 

‘The world’s most wanted woman is now officially listed as the ultimate beneficial owner of a London penthouse,’ he told iNews.

‘It suggests she is still alive, and there are documents out there somewhere which contain vital clues as to her recent whereabouts.’  

It is believed Ignatova stayed at the flat briefly in 2016 but that it has remained largely empty since then, with the i newspaper claiming it was occasionally visited by Ignatova’s brother Konstantin and Sebastian Greenwood, OneCoin’s co-founder. Both have pleaded guilty to fraud and money laundering charges in the US.   

Ignatova, 42, is believed to have undergone plastic surgery to alter her appearance, as well as dyeing her dark hair blonde and losing weight

To those on the trail of Ruja Ignatova, the glamorous Bulgarian businesswoman known as the ‘Cryptoqueen’, it was as if she had simply disappeared into thin air

Ignatova was one of the founders of OneCoin which allegedly scammed investors across the globe out of £3.2 billion

Ignatova’s current whereabouts are a mystery. But authorities believe she could be travelling with a fake German passport to the United Arab Emirates, Bulgaria, Russia, Germany, Greece or Eastern Europe having undergone plastic surgery to change her appearance. 

The wanted fugitive, a lawyer by trade, co-founded OneCoin in 2014 as the ‘Bitcoin killer,’ luring investors to purchase packages of her cryptocurrency. 

Investigators said a key part of her business model was to push investors into selling additional packages of OneCoin to friends and family, which was essentially a pyramid scheme to pay out those at the top.

‘Ignatova targeted individuals who may not have fully understood the ins and outs of cryptocurrencies but were moved by Ignatova’s impressive resume and the marketing strategies used by OneCoin,’ the FBI said in its statement.

In the first three years following Ignatova’s disappearance, Georgia and I travelled all over the world to track down the charismatic criminal

Bulgarian-born Ignatova is only the 11th woman to have been placed on the FBI’s most-wanted list in its 72-year history.

She is also wanted in Germany through an Interpol Red Notice, which warns she may have surgically changed her appearance in order to avoid capture.

The purchase of her flat in Kensington is the subject to an ongoing trial in Germany, where a lawyer linked with Ignatova is facing a charge of money laundering for allegedly transferring cash from OneCoin investors to buy the flat. 

Abbots House Penthouse Limited, an anonymous Guernsey shell company, reportedly own the flat. This means Ignatova’s name does not need to appear in public record of on land registry deals. 

However, it’s reported the fugitive may have broken cover to make a formal claim on the London pad after a change of rules at Companies House which means beneficial owners of UK-registered companies must be named in full. 

A spokesperson for Knight Frank told MailOnline, said: ‘Knight Frank complies fully at all times with its legal and regulatory obligations in carrying out client due diligence and, where appropriate and necessary, it notifies relevant governmental authorities in connection with carrying out financial transactions.’ 

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