A woman was charged that she allegedly paid a dark web company with bitcoin to have her lover’s wife murdered.
According to the Daily Herald, Tina Jones from Des Plaines, Illinois, was reportedly having an affair with a married man and paid a dark web company $10,000 in bitcoin in January to kill the man’s wife. But on Tuesday evening she turned herself in at Woodridge police, and she was charged with solicitation of murder for hire. Momentarily, she is being detained at DuPage County jail on a $250,000 bail.
The woman works as a registered nurse at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, the husband’s wife is a clinical social worker in Naperville, and the victim’s husband is a working anaesthesiologist that completed his residency at Loyola, who still works at Maywood.
Woodridge Police was reported to initially start investigating this case after they got a tip that a woman in the town was involved in a murder-for-hire plot. The tip was called in during the CBS News program ’48 Hours,’ according to the Daily Herald.
“The charge brought against (Tina) Jones this morning is extremely serious. Any attempt, or perceived attempt, to bring physical harm to another individual will be met by the full force and effect of the law,” stated Robert Berlin of DuPage State.
Jones will have a court trial on the 15th May. She will face a minimum sentence of 20 years in prison if she is found guilty.
With the steady growth of interest in cryptocurrencies, criminals are looking for ways of achieving their illegal activities by using this sector. But contrary to what many believe, bitcoin is not totally anonymous, and it actually can be tracked if stolen or used for illicit purposes.
Last week, 10 police officers were arrested after they purportedly kidnapped a businessman in February, forcing him to transfer 200 bitcoins into their wallet. At the time of the theft, the value was around $1.3 million.
Also, earlier this month, Amit Bharadwaj and his brother from GBMiners, were placed under arrest for supposedly deceiving thousands of investors, gaining $300 million via bitcoin-based Ponzi schemes. Before being caught, it was stated that the two had cheated 8,000 investors out of their earnings.
Digital currencies are becoming more used for various illegal activities and schemes, such as duping investors or using them as a way to thwart authorities.