An international operation against a large-scale scheme for financial crimes, money laundering and violations of international sanctions against Russia is taking place in Sofia at the moment. According to BNT, it is the company NEXO.
The ownership of the company is related to a former member of parliament and the son of a former social minister from the NDSV political party.
The suspicions are that the Bulgarians behind the large company acted according to the scheme of Ruja Ignatova and the OneCoin pyramid led by her. The Bulgarian woman known as the “Queen of Cryptocurrencies” is in the top 10 most wanted persons by the FBI. Europol and Interpol are also on her trail.
Prosecutors, investigators from the National Investigation and SANS employees, together with foreign agents, have begun searches of the Bulgarian offices of the company that trades cryptocurrencies worldwide.
The company‘s operations were carried out from the Bulgarian capital, and depositors were invited to invest in bitcoins and other types of cryptocurrencies, with promises of high returns.
The interest rates that investors would receive were many times higher than those of classic banking institutions and various brokerage houses. There are reports that the owners of the company, who are Bulgarians, have appropriated part of the assets amounting to several billion dollars.
The investigation into the activities of the crypto company in Bulgaria began a few months ago, after foreign services detected suspicious transactions, which were reported to be aimed at circumventing the sanctions imposed by the European Union, Great Britain and the United States against Russian banks, as well as companies and citizens of the Russian Federation.
Who are the managers of the company:
Georgi Shulev – representing Nexo, son of former Deputy Prime Minister Lidiya Shuleva;
Antoni Trenchev – co-founder and director of several Nexo companies, former MP from the DBG, Reform Bloc;
Kosta Kantchev – director of Nexo Bank;
Kalin Metodiev – co-founder and financial director of Nexo;
Sokol Yankov – representing Nexo;
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