Ruja Ignatova, co-founder of the infamous OneCoin cryptocurrency pyramid and dubbed as the “Crypto Queen,” reportedly met a gruesome end in 2018 at the hands of a drug lord, according to Bulgarian media.
Ignatova and her accomplices launched the OneCoin scheme in 2014, promising investors that the cryptocurrency would outperform Bitcoin, but it turned out to be a fraud that cost investors up to $15 billion. Ignatova has been on the run since 2017, and the FBI and Europol added her to their list of most wanted criminals in May 2019.
However, recent reports suggest that Ignatova was murdered and her body was dismembered and thrown into the Ionian Sea. Her former partner, Gilbert Armenta, was sentenced to five years in prison, while Ignatova’s partner Carl Sebastian Greenwood pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud and money laundering in December.