- Irina Dilkinska, a Bulgarian woman once involved in the OneCoin cryptocurrency scam, has been extradited to the United States to face charges.
- Dilkinska’s extradition comes amid a string of legal actions against members of the OneCoin scam.
- The scam was founded by Ruja Ignatova, currently on the FBI’s most-wanted list.
Irina Dilkinska, a Bulgarian woman once involved in the OneCoin cryptocurrency scam, has been extradited to the United States to face charges.
According to the Department of Justice, Dilkinska, who served as OneCoin’s Head of Legal and Compliance, is accused of creating shell companies to launder money and manage property belonging to Ruja Ignatova, who is also known as the “crypto queen”. Furthermore, Dilkinska is alleged to have helped OneCoin lawyer Mark Scott launder $400 million in proceeds and destroyed incriminating information after Scott’s arrest, thereby incriminating herself. She has been charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering, with each charge carrying a maximum potential sentence of 20 years in prison.
The news of Dilkinska’s extradition comes amid a string of legal actions against members of the OneCoin scam. In December 2022, Karl Sebastian Greenwood was convicted on charges of fraud and money laundering related to OneCoin. That same month, another OneCoin associate, Frank Schneider, faced trial. Developments around two associates in the U.K. — Christopher Hamilton and Robert McDonald — also occurred in 2022.
It is worth noting that the OneCoin scam is believed to have stolen $4 billion from its victims, making it one of the largest cryptocurrency scams in history. In fact, it has been described by some as a “multi-billion dollar cryptocurrency pyramid scheme”. The scam was founded by Ruja Ignatova, currently on the FBI’s most-wanted list. Reports in February suggested that Ignatova had been killed by Bulgarian mobsters in 2018, but January reports suggest that her name appeared on more recent property filings. However, both reports are unverified and have not been acknowledged by the DOJ, which continues to seek information on Ignatova’s location.
In light of these developments, Damian Williams, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, remarked that Dilkinska “accomplished the exact opposite of her job title” by facilitating fraud. The string of legal actions taken against members of the OneCoin scam serves as a warning to others who might be tempted to engage in similar activities.
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