- Dilkinska allegedly facilitated the transfer of $110 million in fraudulently obtained proceeds to an entity in the Cayman Islands.
- Charges involve one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
In a major turn of events, Irinia Dilkinska, the ex-compliance chief of the infamous OneCoin, has admitted guilt to charges of wire fraud and money laundering in a Manhattan federal court.
This revelation surfaced through a statement from the Department of Justice (DOJ) on November 10, disclosing that U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos has acknowledged Dilkinska’s guilty plea.
The charges against Dilkinska involve one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. If convicted, each charge could result in a maximum prison sentence of five years.
The prosecution asserts that Dilkinska, despite her role as the head of compliance for OneCoin, actively participated in laundering funds for the fraudulent scheme.
A particularly damning detail is the revelation that Dilkinska facilitated the transfer of $110 million in fraudulently obtained proceeds to an entity in the Cayman Islands.
Dilkinska is scheduled for sentencing on February 14, 2024. In the event of conviction, she faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for her role in the far-reaching OneCoin scheme.
OneCoin, founded in 2014 by Ruja Ignatova and Karl Sebastian Greenwood, presented itself as a legitimate cryptocurrency but turned out to be a pyramid scheme.
Greenwood has already been sentenced to 20 years in prison on charges of fraud and money laundering. Ignatova, known as the “Cryptoqueen,” remains at large and was placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted list last year.
The elaborate scheme, originating in Bulgaria, deceived investors by branding itself as a legitimate cryptocurrency with mining capabilities and real value. In reality, OneCoin did not exist on the blockchain, operating instead as a pyramid scheme that rewarded participants for bringing in new victims.
The scale of the fraud is staggering, with estimates suggesting that OneCoin defrauded more than $4 billion from at least 3.5 million victims globally. Dilkinska’s guilty plea marks another significant development in the legal proceedings against individuals involved in this massive cryptocurrency fraud.