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OneCoin Ruja Ignatova Told Gilbert Armenta To Watch Out For Russian Guys Before Disappearing

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Thread, Audio

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Nov 12 – After OneCoin's Konstantin Ignatov got a stay of the civil case against him, his criminal case was said to have been kicked down the road for at least another two months.

It was a productive two months, at least for the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Now on November 12 Inner City Press has belatedly obtained and is now putting online here, on SoundCloud, audio of Ruja Ignatova telling Gilbert Armenta: "Gilbert, we can get access to your emails between now and 24 hours if we want to. You cannot prevent this shit. You have to be fucking careful. What these Russian guys can do, you cannot imagine. I mean, if they can do it, everybody can do it. The only advice that you get from me, do not use emails. Do not -- like, just face-to-face or encrypted phones. Nothing else is safe. Just believe me. Please. ARMENTA: Okay. IGNATOVA: I can get everything I want within 24 hours. And if I can, they can too. I'm really worried. You have to be careful with communication. Everybody has to be careful with communication. Like, extremely."

 A sample TD Bank letter to Gilbert Armenta is here. We'll have more on this.

On November 7 in the case against accused OneCoin money launderer Mark Scott Konstantin Ignatov for the third and last day took the witness stand, in prison blues with his neck and arm tattoos, as a cooperating witness.

  Scott's lawyer Arlo Devlin-Brown zeroed in on Konstantin Ignatov's guilty plea to bank fraud, asking him to name which FDIC insured bank he had provided false information to.

  Ignatov could not name a US bank, only United Bank of Dubai.

"No further questions," Devlin-Brown told Judge Ramos.

  Inner City Press has asked the US Attorney's Office when it was that Konstantin Ignatov pled guilty, since he gave no indication of such a plea in a September 6 status conference that Inner City Press covered, and has asked if it was before Judge Ramos, and if it was sealed.

  The government's next witness was the anti money laundering expert Donald Semesky. Inner City Press will continue to cover the trial. November 7 thread here. More on Patreon here.

  On November 6 Konstantin Ignatov testified that the bodyguards to took Ruja on her final public trip told him she was met by "Russian guys," and that Ruja had told him that in Russia she knew a rich and powerful person. More on Patreon, here.

  November 6 came to an end in the trial with Scott's lawyer Arlo Devlin-Brown cross examining Konstantin in detail about his one and only in person meeting with defendant Mark Scott, when he visited OneCoin's headquarters in Sophia, Bulgaria. Inner City Press will have more on this as the trial continues on November 7.

  Back on November 4 before jury selection, in oral arguments Scott's lawyers asked Judge Ramos to not allow into evidence information and chats found on a Samsung Galaxy smart phone for which Mark Scott paid but was used by his wife, with a Russian keyboard. Judge Ramos declined to suppress it.

  It also emerged that still-missing Ruja Ignatova rented space underneath cooperator Gilbert Armenta to listen in on him. More on that and on jury selection (which included questions on multi level marketing) is on Patreon, here.

On Monday, October 28 in a two hour pre-trial conference covered by Inner City Press, Judge Ramos said that the government can show photos of Scott with a yacht and cars that he purchased.

  The government said the trial will take two to three weeks.

The case is US v. Scott / Ignatov, 17-cr-630 (Ramos).

 More on Patreon, here.


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