A Nevada woman was accused by California prosecutors of paying $ 5,000 in bitcoin to hire a dark web hitman to kill her ex-husband.
Kristy Lynn Felkins, 36, of Fallon, was charged in an indictment last week for sending the bitcoin to a hitman website that turned out to be a scam, federal prosecutors in Sacramento said.
Prosecutors said during negotiations with the website in 2016 she contracted to beat up her ex-husband when he traveled to Chico, California.
A criminal complaint this month accused Felkins of using interstate commercial facilities in the commission of murder.
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Federal investigators said they learned of the alleged plot last year.
The bogus website was not identified in the complaint.
Court documents accuse Felkins of contacting the website through an account called KBGMKN.
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“How do I know you are not with the FBI, they have the ability to infect their device and trace their real IP,”
At another point, the website sent KBGMKN a message about success.
“The work will be finished Monday morning; let us know if he goes to work with another person in the car, that you don’t want to get hurt, you have to tell us,” the message said. “Our man will wait for him at his work address, and when he sees him he will shoot him (sic) as soon as he gets out of the car; but if it’s not just the bullets can hurt the other person too.”
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The Sacramento Bee, which broke the news on the indictment, also reported that Felkins could not be reached for comment Thursday.
He will have to go to court on September 30th.