California prosecutors have accused a Nevada woman of paying $5,000 in Bitcoin to hire a hitman on the dark web to kill her ex-husband, according to Fox News.
Sacramento federal prosecutors said they charged Kristy Lynn Felkins, 36, in an indictment last week for sending Bitcoin to a hitman website that turned out to be a scam.
She is due in court on 30 September.
Federal investigators said they learned of the alleged plot last year.
However, the complaint did not identify the bogus hitman website.
The criminal complaint this month accused Felkins of using interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire.
Prosecutors said that Felkins negotiated with the website in 2016 for a contract to have her ex-husband whacked by a hitman.
The court papers accuse Felkins of contacting the hitman website through an account called KBGMKN.
“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,” KBGMKN wrote in one exchange, according to the complaint. “Just being cautious.”
At another point, the website messaged KBGMKN about the hit.
“The job will be done on Monday morning; please let us know if he goes to work with any other person in the car, that you don’t want hurt, you need to tell us,” the message said.
“Our man will wait him at the address of work, and when seeing him will shot (sic) him as soon as he gets down from the car; but if he is not alone bullets can hurt the other person as well.”
The Sacramento Bee, which broke the news of the indictment, also reported that it could not reach Felkins for comment.