A woman has purportedly paid for her ex-husband to be murdered thru Bitcoin on a dark web marketplace – but then the website revealed to be a scam and the authorities have later arrested the defendant.
Kristy Lynn Felkins, age 36 from Fallon Nevada, has paid $5,000 in Bitcoin thru the deceptive website that is no longer active, assuming that she could hire a hitman, based the US District Court for the Eastern District of California documents that were unsealed earlier this week.
The Federal investigators have busted Felkins when they have received a tip-off about the website. They have traced her Bitcoin transactions to find the incriminating messages and then eventually arrested Felkins.
The murder plot started in 2016, as the documents say. Felkins have started speaking with someone on the website through the use of Tor – a web browser that is used to access the dark web. The website told Felkins that to hide the transaction, and she will have to launder the Bitcoin by trading it with different sellers on the peer-to-peer Bitcoin marketplace, LocalBitcoins.com.
The documents say that Felkins was sceptical about the scam website – and then even asked at one point:
On the other hand, Felkins continued with the transactions, sending 12 Bitcoins dating between March 6, 2016, and March 9, 2016, to have her ex-husband shot just outside his workplace, the documents stated.
The documents have also alleged that Felkins even asked if the murder could be appeared to look like a “mugging gone wrong” though when told that this could cost $4,000 more, she then asked to go on with the plan to have her ex-husband shot.
Then the scam website has asked why she would like her husband to be murdered. She supposedly wrote,
The website has told Felkins that her husband can’t be found at his workplace. Then she asked for proof if they had discovered his whereabouts, the website then sent a dodgy photo of the location, the documents stated.
Felkins, however, has stopped communicating with the website – now shut down – in April 2016. The authorities had then learned about the plot in the year 2019 and the indicted Felkins last Thursday.
The dark web has been used for illicit activities, like buying guns and drugs for a long time now. However, authorities are still catching up criminals through the use of the network.