Woman Charged In Failed Murder-For-Hire Plot Using Bitcoin
Journalists investigating a murder-for-hire website in Wisconsin arrested a woman who was allegedly used Bitcoin Cryptocurrency in a failed plot to hire a hit man via the Dark Web.
Kelly Harper, 37, of Columbus, was charged with using the Internet to commit murder, the Justice Department announced on Monday. If convicted, he faces imprisonment of up to 10 years.
Admitted to harper FBI According to the criminal complaint, he paid the website renter to murder a person in Bitcoin for killing a person who did not specify a motive.
Journalists revealed information about the plot and tipped local authorities on 12 January. The reporters set the stated goal and determined that he was safe.
“The target needs to be killed,” a message for the murder read the website’s administrator. According to the complaint, the anonymous dispatcher supplied the administrator with a description of the type of victim, including details of the victim, where he works and his phone number.
A website administrator responded by asking for proof of payment in the form of bitcoins. The complainant stated that the screenshot of the bitcoin wallet is $ 5,633.87.
Journalists said an analysis of online communication between the sender and administrator of the website based outside of Wisconsin showed that bitcoin was transferred to a second murder-for-hire website in October on the so-called Dark Web, an encrypted Corner Internet Not indexed by search engines.
Journalists not identified in the complaint provided their bitcoin analysis to federal agents and this was verified by the FBI. It was through this information that officials said they linked Harper to the conspiracy to contract murder.
“Through the use of the grand jury subpoenas, I determined that the IP address, email account and telephone number were associated with Kelly Harper,” an FBI agent said in the complaint.
Authorities searched Harper’s home on February 5 with a warrant, saying they discovered screenshots of the Dark website for the murder, as well as a photo that was sent to the site administrator during a conversation about the murder.
A lawyer representing Harper did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment on Tuesday.
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