The plot of the OneCoin fraud continues to unfold with the guilty plea of Irina Dilkinska, former head of legal compliance for the company, in the federal courts of Manhattan.
This new chapter in the saga follows the 20-year sentence handed down to Sebastian Greenwood, co-founder of the company behind OneCoin, just two months ago.
In the statement on November 9, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced that Dilkinska, a 42-year-old Bulgarian citizen, admitted her involvement in the massive OneCoin fraud scheme.
“Head of Legal and Compliance” for multibillion-dollar cryptocurrency pyramid scheme “OneCoin” pleads guiltyhttps://t.co/E656236UXh
— US Attorney SDNY (@SDNYnews) November 9, 2023
According to prosecutors, this scheme successfully executed an incredible scam of over $4 billion worldwide through a global multi-level marketing network.
In addition to taking responsibility for her role in the scheme, the former head of legal compliance pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and money laundering.
Dilkinska, who was part of OneCoin’s day-to-day operations, allegedly facilitated the laundering of millions of dollars in illicit profits generated by the multi-level marketing scheme.
One highlighted aspect of the guilty plea is the revelation that Dilkinska, on one occasion, orchestrated the transfer of $110 million in fraudulent OneCoin proceeds to an entity in the Cayman Islands.
This act underscores the complexity and reach of the criminal network perpetrated by the organization, highlighting their substantial financial capabilities.
OneCoin Falls, But Ignatova Continues to Evade Justice
The legal process stipulates that, by admitting guilt, Dilkinska exposes herself to a possible sentence of several years behind bars.
They have scheduled sentencing for February 14, 2024, and it could result in up to a decade in prison, as charges of fraud and money laundering each carry a potential maximum sentence of five years.
While the accomplices of the “Cryptoqueen” Ruja Ignatova face justice, the mastermind behind OneCoin remains at large.
Authorities urge the public to collaborate and provide information about Ignatova’s whereabouts; she is intensively sought by the FBI and is on the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.
They are offering a reward of $100,000 for information leading to her location and arrest.