As reported by the BBC on Tuesday, Glasgow resident Jen McAdams personally invested some £8,000 ($10,160) and encouraged her family and friends to invest a further £220,000 ($280,000), all of which has disappeared. Since speaking on a BBC podcast on the issue, McAdams says she has received sexual and violent threats from OneCoin supporters.

A British victim of alleged cryptocurrency pyramid scheme OneCoin says she has received death threats for speaking out against the project.

“It is horrible, the abuse is vile and the threats feel very real to me, I’m always looking over my shoulder now”, Adams told the BBC. “It is taking its toll on my health but I will not give up until me and the thousands of other OneCoin victims like me see some form of justice.”

Based in Bulgaria, the scheme was said to have raised billions of dollars before OneCoin’s founder Dr Ruja Ignatova was charged with wire fraud, securities fraud and money laundering by U.S. authorities. She has since disappeared. OneCoin denies charges it’s a pyramid scheme and continues to be traded on some exchanges.

The BBC says some 70,000 U.K. citizens purchased £96 million ($122 million) worth of OneCoin alone and have yet to receive a refund.

“They invested their life savings, they remortgaged homes and they convinced their friends and family to get involved and they feel as awful as I do about it all because we were all duped”, Adams continued, adding that most of the threats have come via Facebook.

She further called on police and financial regulators to take action on the OneCoin project.

A global operation, people associated with OneCoin have been arrested in China and India to date. It’s also taken criticism in remote regions like Samoa, where the central bank recently warned its citizens to be mindful of the scheme.

US Authorities Charge Crypto ‘Trading Club’ Operators With Defrauding 150 Investors

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the U.S Attorney for the Southern District of New York have charged Ohio resident Michael Ackerman and two unnamed business partners with defrauding some 150 investors by claiming to offer “extraordinary profits” from a cryptocurrency trading scheme.

The SEC alleged in a press release Tuesday that Ackerman and his business partners operated Q3 Trading Club and Q3 I LP, raising $33 million by telling investors, many of whom were physicians, that he had developed an algorithm capable of generating profits by trading cryptocurrencies.

Homeland Security Investigations special agent-in-charge Peter Fitzhugh said in a statement that Ackerman allegedly doctored data to appear as if he was generating a return.

“He allegedly falsified documents representing to investors that his fund had a balance of over $315 million worth of cryptocurrencies, when in actuality, he had less than half a million dollars,” he said.

According to the SEC’s release, Q3’s trading account never held more than $6 million, while Ackerman himself allegedly took $7.5 million of his investors’ funds for personal use.

He allegedly bought high-end jewelry and multiple cars, hired personal security and renovated a house.

Eric Bustillo, director of the SEC’s Miami Regional Office, said in a statement Ackerman “lured investors, many in the medical profession,” into believing his algorithmic trading strategy would generate large profits.

“Ackerman exploited popular interest in digital assets as a means to obtain millions of dollars for his personal use,” Bustillo said.

The SEC is seeking a permanent injunction and disgorgement, as well as a civil penalty. The SDNY’s office filed charges of wire fraud and money laundering, which would each carry a maximum sentence of 20 years.

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