Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC) have found growing demand amongst criminals and bad actors and is the most popular mode of payment on the dark web. From illegal weapons to drugs everything can be procured by malicious players by spending the right amount of BTC.
In a similar case, a Nevada woman has been recently arrested for allegedly paying $5000 worth of Bitcoin to hire a hitman to kill her husband. For her spouse, luckily, the website she used turned out to be a scam and authorities have been able to arrest the defendant.
A resident of Fallon, Nevada, 36-year-old Kristy Lynn Felkins paid the $5000 in BTC on the phony website and federal investigators were able to track her transactions after they were tipped-off about the website.
The authorities traced the transactions and found messages that proved her guilt and it led to her arrest.
The plot to murder her husband started back in 2016 according to documents shared by the US District Court for the Eastern District of California. The defendant had started contacting someone via the Tor web browser, specifically designed to access the dark web.
The website advised Felkins to use Bitcoin for payment and asked her to hide the transaction by laundering the Bitcoin via multiple peer to peer Bitcoin marketplaces.
However, Felkins was skeptical about this website at one point and recovered messages show Felkins asking:
“How do I know you are not FBI, they do have the capability to infect one’s device and trace them back to their real IP. Just being cautious.”
But the defendant continued with the process and sent 12 Bitcoins in between March 6, 2016, and March 9, to have her husband murdered in front of his workplace.
She had even asked the criminals if the murder could be made to look like a “mugging gone wrong”, but when told that this would cost an extra $4000, she proceeded with the original plan.
The documents also reveal Felkins motive behind the murder, and quotes Felkins saying:
“This man mentally, physically, sexually, and emotionally abused me. I ran, and then he took my children away from me. He now mentally abuses my children and threatens their physical well being. He is quite the snake and master manipulator.”
Felkins stopped communicating with the website in April 2016 after it turned out to be a scam. As of now, the website is no longer active.
The authorities discovered the plot in 2019 and indicted Felkins this Thursday