In October 2017, he disappeared until documents relating to a London penthouse apparently pointed to his whereabouts, the New York Post reported. Previously, it was unclear if Ignatova was still alive and on the run.
The clue was discovered by investigative reporter and host of “The Missing Cryptoqueen” podcast Jamie Bartlett. He alleges that Ignatova initially bought the property under a company name, but she was forced to be named as the company’s beneficiary under a new rule, according to the New York Post.
Earlier this month, Ignatova’s lawyers filed a formal claim over the property with financial regulators and Ignatova was listed as the “beneficial owner” of the apartment, the report said. The penthouse was originally listed for over $15 million before it was brought down to around $13 million.
The post was reportedly removed after the property’s agent learned of her connection to the fugitive. It is not clear if the apartment has been sold or not.
“It suggests that she is still alive, and there are documents somewhere that contain vital clues to her recent whereabouts,” Bartlett said.
He added: “It should at the very least make it easier for the authorities to freeze that asset, and maybe even start returning the money to the victims.”