FBI agents detailed how they looked into a murder-for-hire plan where a college student used scholarship money to try and pay someone to murder a married man’s wife.
While there have been no charges in the case, the details were included in a search warrant that was recently unsealed in federal court and obtained by FrontPageDetectives.
In February 2020, the FBI received an anonymous tip from someone who claimed to operate a site on the dark web that offered hitmen for hire, according to the warrant. The site was a scam and there were no actual hitmen.
A person contacted the site and offered $5,000 to kill a woman.
The tipster told agents they were concerned because if the person was willing to pay for the murder, they might have found other means to kill the victim.
“Just kill her ASAP,” the solicitor wrote. “I don’t care how just make sure she’s dead. I prefer if you shoot her in the head. She works in [redacted] in Bellevue [Washington] but I don’t know where exactly. I don’t know if that helps you in some way.
“She has a 3-year-old son that she picks him up at 5 p.m. so she usually gets home around 5ish. Please don’t do anything to the boy. That’s all. Thanks. Send me proof when the job’s done.”
The solicitor paid about $5,000 worth of bitcoin to have the murder carried out.
FBI agents spoke to the target of the plot, who details how her husband had a falling out with an old employer. She also told about how a woman visited the house around Christmas asking to speak to her husband. The victim became concerned during that visit because the woman kept reaching into her pockets. The incident was filmed on a Ring doorbell camera.
The victim told agents about difficulties her marriage with her husband. They discussed getting a divorce but decided to stay together for their child, according to the warrant. Both the victim and her husband had $1.5 million life insurance policies.
Police also spoke to the husband, who described the difficulties in marriage. He also said the woman in the doorbell incident was a person from an old employer where there was a falling out, but he hadn’t seen her in years.
As agents continued to talk to the husband, he confirmed he had a six-month affair with a female student from Grays Harbor College.
The husband said he gave the student $2,000 after she asked for the money. The student said the money was for her parents after a break-in, according to the warrants. She initially asked for $5,000, but the husband said $2,000 was all he could give.
Police spoke to the student — who FrontPageDetectives is not identifying as she has not been charged with a crime — and the woman confirmed she was the one who tried to hire a hitman to kill the victim.
She detailed her affair with the husband and how at one point he told her his wife had cancer.
The student also told how she created a fake Facebook account to send pictures of her and the husband to the victim, the warrants state.
The student told agents she hoped the husband would live with her once his wife was dead.
The woman said she used scholarship money along with the $2,000 the husband gave her to pay the $5,000 for the supposed hit.
Agents went back and spoke to the husband, who admitted to lying to investigators. He also said the woman on the Ring doorbell camera incident was the student.
Investigators again spoke to the student, who provided further details about her alleged murder-for-hire efforts and the different accounts and email addresses used in her plan. The search warrant was for agents to get access to those accounts.
The student also said a phone she used to solicit the murder was a phone she got from a pastor and not in her name, according to the warrants.
While the FBI asked for the records in April 2020, there have been no federal charges filed against the student as of Sept. 4, 2021.
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