Irina Dilkinska, the former Head of Legal and Compliance at OneCoin, has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering charges.
This is a significant milestone in the case against OneCoin, a fraudulent crypto operation that duped investors worldwide, leading to billions of dollars in losses.
OneCoin’s Head of Legal And Compliance Pleads Guilty
OneCoin, starting its operations in 2014 from Sofia, Bulgaria, marketed itself globally through a multi-level-marketing (MLM) network. False promises misled investors, leading to over $4 billion in global investments in the fraudulent scheme.
“As OneCoin’s so-called ‘Head of Legal and Compliance’ Irina Dilkinska accomplished the exact opposite goal of her position. As she has now admitted, Dilkinska facilitated the laundering of millions of dollars of illicit profits OneCoin accrued through its multi-level-marketing scheme. The dedicated prosecutors of this Office and our law enforcement partners will continue to pursue this important case until every defendant is brought to justice,” US Attorney Damian Williams emphasized.
Dilkinska, instead of ensuring legal compliance for OneCoin, played a key role in laundering money. This includes transferring $110 million of fraudulently obtained proceeds to a Cayman Islands entity. Now, Dilkinska faces up to five years in prison for each count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering.
It is worth mentioning that her sentencing is scheduled for February 14, 2024.
As Ignatova remains at large, the FBI added her to the Top Ten Most Wanted List in June 2022. Additionally, the authorities are offering a $100,000 reward for information that leads to her arrest.
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