District Court Issues Order Directing OneCoin-Related Parties To Show Cause Regarding Any Claimed Attorney-Client Privilege
On March 7, 2019, a five-count Indictment, S4 17 Cr. 630 (ER), was unsealed charging Ruja Ignatova with wire fraud, securities fraud, and money laundering offenses in connection with an alleged international pyramid scheme that involved the marketing of a purported cryptocurrency called “OneCoin.” On May 28, 2019, co-defendant Konstantin Ignatov entered a not guilty plea to a one-count Information, S7 17 Cr. 630 (ER), charging him with conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with the OneCoin scheme. Co-defendant Mark S. Scott has been charged in a one-count Indictment, S6 17 Cr. 630 (ER), alleging that he conspired to launder proceeds of the OneCoin scheme; Scott’s case is presently scheduled for trial on November 4, 2019.
Yesterday, the District Court entered an Order in the case, directing a series of entities and individuals – namely, OneCoin Ltd., OnePayments Ltd., OneNetwork Services Ltd., OneAcademy, OneLife, RavenR, Ruja Ignatova, Frank Ricketts, Manon Hubenthal, Irina Dilkinska, International Marketing Services GmBH, International Marketing Services Pte, International Marketing Strategies Ltd., and B&N Consult EOOD (collectively, the “Affected Parties”) – to Show Cause why the Court should not enter an Order finding that any privilege the Affected Parties may have in communications with counsel falls within the crime-fraud exception to the attorney-client privilege, or has otherwise been waived for failure to assert or defend such privilege. The Order to Show Cause requires that the Affected Parties respond within 10 days of the entry of the Order, i.e., no later than October 7, 2019, due to intervening weekend days.
The District Court also unsealed a previously sealed Order dated July 23, 2019, regarding the application of the crime-fraud exception to certain materials in the case. Copies of yesterday’s Order to Show Cause and the July 23, 2019, Order are appended to this press release.