Victims of the OneCoin cryptocurrency scheme have received permission from a New York court to effect alternative service on the company and its leader Ruja Ignatova.
Court grants permission
The victims of the OneCoin cryptocurrency scheme informed the New York Southern District Court a month ago that several defendants have remained unserved in the case. The court has now granted their motion for alternative service in part. Judge Valerie E. Caproni signed an order on January 24, which authorized service by alternative means to OneCoin and the scheme’s perpetrator Ruja Ignatova, otherwise known as “crypto queen.”
The court now authorizes the service of OneCoin through three means. The first is a United States International Registered First Class Mail to the company’s Dubai office. The second is via an email to the onecoin.eu address of the company and three of its related entities. Finally, the service will be sent via a message to the company and its related entities via their social media accounts.
What about Ignatova?
According to the latest evidence presented by the plaintiffs, Ignatova was using the onecoin.eu email account in October 2016. The company’s website is not operational anymore and they don’t have any evidence of her using the email account in recent months. The Court is also skeptical about the operational status of the email account as of now. Interestingly, OneCoin still owns the domain name for the company.
There is no evidence that the social media accounts of Ignatova are real. Even a link that leads to her profile on LinkedIn suggests that the page is “not available.” The plaintiff also suggests that she is a fugitive, which may lead to the belief that her Facebook page is not being operated by her.
Instead, the OneCoin marketing team has posted on her account. The Court has now ordered the United States International Registered First Class Mail’s Dubai office to forward the materials directly to Ignatova herself. It has also asked the plaintiffs to inform the court in writing if emails sent to her bounced. Her service will only be considered proper if sender-return error mail is generated.