Co-Founder of the $4 Billion OneCoin Pyramid Scheme Pleads Guilty to Fraud Charges

The co-founder of OneCoin, Karl Greenwood has pleaded guilty to fraud charges and could face up to 20 years.

A person behind bars holding out a red hand and holding on to bar with a hand with OneCoin written on

Karl Sebastian Greenwood, a co-founder and operator of OneCoin – a crypto Pyramid Scheme that defrauded victims in 175 countries of over $4 billion, has pleaded guilty to fraud charges.

Greenwood Pleads Guilty to Fraud Charges

OneCoin was launched in late 2014, promoting itself as a “better Bitcoin.” Although the crypto was never actively traded, its co-founders Ruja Plamenova Ignatova and Karl Sebastian Greenwood convinced over three million investors in 175 countries.


By 2016, the multi-level marketing (MLM) scheme had brought in over $4 billion, paying old customers with deposits of old customers. When OneCoin failed in 2016, its cofounders were nowhere to be found.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Greenwood, who was arrested in Thailand in July 2018 and extradited to the United States in October 2018, has pleaded guilty to fraud charges.

The Fate of the OneCoin Founder

Convicted as OneCoin’s “global master distributor” and the idea of marketing and selling the crypto through an MLM structure, Greenwood could face 20 years in prison on each of the counts against him.

OneCoin’s other co-founder, Ignatova, also known as the “CryptoQueen,” remains on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Top Ten Most Wanted List. She was last seen in 2017 when U.S. prosecutors first launched a probe.

On the Flipside

  • While OneCoin raised $4 billion and sold educational materials on crypto, the OneCoin token was never launched on a blockchain.

Why You Should Care

Although OneCoin never launched officially as a crypto, its effect continues to breed mistrust in the crypto industry.

Ignatova’s inclusion in the FBI’s most wanted list is covered in:
Cryptoqueen Makes FBI Top 10 Most Wanted List Over $4 Billion ‘OneCoin’ Fraud

Read more on a new crypto Ponzi scheme in:
4 Years in Prison for a Leader of the $100m Ponzi Scam ‘EmpiresX’

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Milko Trajcevski

Milko Trajcevski is a DailyCoin news reporter, mainly focused on Ethereum (ETH), Cardano (ADA), and their founders (Vitalik Buterin and Charles Hoskinson). Milko is an avid follower of crypto and blockchain technology and has written thousands of articles on the subjects. He finds joy in transforming complex issues into written content that anyone can understand. Milko has used and analyzed numerous exchanges, such as Coinbase, FTX, and Binance. He also closely follows all of the latest news around the largest decentralized exchanges (DEXs). Location: Skopje, Macedonia