Karl Sebastian Greenwood, a co-founder and operator of Onecoin, has actually pled guilty to his part in constructing the well-known crypto pyramid. The phony cryptocurrency’s “global master distributor” has actually been in custody because 2018 when he was apprehended in Thailand and extradited to the United States.
Cryptoqueen’s Partner at Onecoin Admits Role in Multimillion-Dollar Fraud
Co-creator of Onecoin Karl Sebastian Greenwood pled guilty in Manhattan federal court to wire fraud and cash laundering charges on Friday. As an outcome of misstatements made by him, the Ponzi plan’s mastermind, ‘Cryptoqueen’ Ruja Ignatova, and others, victims from around the globe, consisting of the U.S., invested billions of dollars into the deceitful platform.
In a statement, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Damian Williams explained that Greenwood, Ignatova and their co-conspirators ran Onecoin and declared that a supposed cryptocurrency with the very same name would be the ‘Bitcoin killer.’ In truth, it was useless, was never ever mined or based upon blockchain, and its rate was not figured out by the market however set by hand.
Greenwood, a resident of Sweden and the United Kingdom, and Bulgarian-born German nationwide Ignatova established Onecoin in 2014. It ran as a worldwide multi-level-marketing (MLM) network, the members of which were paid commissions for hiring others. According to Onecoin’s advertising products and records, over 3 million individuals invested more than $4 billion by the end of 2016.
Greenwood’s Sentencing Scheduled for April Next Year
Ignatova, who vanished from the general public eye in late 2017, is still at big and is desired by Interpol, Europol, and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which provides a $100,000 benefit for info leading to her arrest. Her sibling, Konstantin, was apprehended in Los Angeles in 2019, pleaded guilty and looked for witness defense.
In August, media reports exposed that a British nationwide implicated of cash laundering associated to the Onecoin fraud, Christopher Hamilton, had actually lost his quote to prevent extradition to the United States and would be turned over to U.S. authorities. In October, 3 Onecoin partners appeared in a German court to face charges of fraud and other criminal offenses.
Greenwood, who was Onecoin’s “global master distributor,” was credited by Ignatova for the concept of marketing and offering the crypto through an MLM structure. District Judge Edgardo Ramos accepted his guilty plea and the sentencing is arranged for April 5, 2023. The 45-year-old co-founder of Onecoin deals with up to twenty years in jail on each of the counts versus him.
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