- Registering a property in London has driven a famous crypto escapee who ran a $4 billion Ponzi scheme out of the woodwork.
- Ruja Ignatova was born in Bulgaria and lived in Germany and his business partner, Sebastian Greenwood kept crypto lovers by purporting their crypto token, OneCoin, would be a “Bitcoin killer.”
Ruja Ignatova and Sebastian Greenwood initiated putting OneCoin to potential investors in 2014, guaranteeing between a fivefold and tenfold return, and called their investors as “idiots” and “crazy.” Although, in October 2017, the chiseler fully vanished as officials surrounded and she has not been seen since. She is currently on the FBI’s record and among the top 10 most wanted escapees and is the sole woman on the hit list.
Police have alerted that she has possibly had plastic surgery to alter her looks, with the thought that she would ever be in hands of the law. But, at the start of this month, Ignatova allegedly came out of the woodwork to purport one of her properties.
How the name came out?
Many days ago, a penthouse apartment situated on the London outskirts of Kensington, England, was up for the sale with a handsome price of $15.5 million which was then dropped to $13.6 million. It is very clear that Ignatova owned the property in the name of a company, but a new regulation means that the recipient of the given company must also have to give out their full name.
As a consequence of it, attorneys portraying Ignatova made a formal purport on the property, registering her as the apartment’s “beneficial owner” in a case with the UK’s financial regulator. The amendment in the laws of Companies House, the UK equal of ASIC, pressurized Ignatova out of escaping, as she had to be listed in full instead of only her shell company.
Before this, the property was owned by a company named Abbots House Penthouse Limited, grounded in Guernsey, a very famous tax haven with very less government oversight. This clearly showed that Ignatova was not in the public records and land registry deed till now. An infamous property seller, Knight Frank publicized the property but quickly took the registration down after it came out that Ignatova had an association with it.
The anchor of The Missing Cryptoqueen podcast and investigative reporter, Jamie Bartlett in relation to the BBC, first flagged a slight link between the scammer and the penthouse.
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