Nevada woman accused of paying to hire hitman to kill exSeptember 24, 2020 By [email protected]_84 Off
A Nevada woman was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in Sacramento, accused of trying to hire a hit man on the Darkweb with $5,000 in bitcoin to kill her ex-husband.
Kristy Lynn Felkins, 36, of Fallon is accused of communicating with someone in 2016 on a website that purported to offer murder-for-hire services and sending 12 bitcoin to kill her ex-husband while he was traveling in Chico, court records say.
The website was a scam that simply took money from unsuspecting customers and is no longer active, authorities say.
Felkins could not be reached for comment Thursday. U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott’s office said Felkins was arrested in Fallon and a federal magistrate judge in Reno subsequently released her.
A criminal complaint filed under seal last week lays out the alleged plot, which supposedly began in February 2016 when someone created an account called KBGMKN on the website.
That account then began querying the administrator of the website, asking how they could be sure the job was carried out and the site was legitimate, the complaint says.
“How do I know you are not FBI, they do have the capability to infect ones device and trace them back to their real IP,” KBGMKN wrote. “Just being cautious.”
“We don’t force anyone using our services, we could not, and we do not want to,” user ADMIN replied, according to court documents. “You can even buy some cheap laptop just for this job, or declare that your laptop has been stolen, paste some duct tape on your laptop camera if you are afraid of someone hacking into your laptop, use some public wifi, and if ever caught you can say someone stole your laptop and used it to order the murder of someone you know, to frame you and to do you harm.”
Between March 6 and March 9, 2016, KBGMKN sent over 12 bitcoin — about $5,000 at the time and nearly $130,000 at Thursday’s exchange rate — “for a hitman to kill VICTIM-1 and make it look like an accident,” the complaint says.
“KBGMKN provided the home address of VICTIM-1 and other information such as the time he left for work, vehicle information, and locations at which VICTIM-1 could be located. After receiving Bitcoin from KBGMKN, the ADMIN acknowledged receipt of the payment and told KBGMKN that a nearby hitman would be assigned to the job.”
KBGMKN replied, “order is sent,” court documents say.
The online negotiations continued, with the administrator messaging KBGMKN on March 9, 2016.
“Ok, we are all set,” ADMIN wrote, according to the complaint. “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.
“Our man will wait him at the address of work, and when seeing him will shot him as soon as he gets down from the car; but if he is not alone bullets can hurt the other person as well. Our person will shot several times in chest and head and run; if there is someone important with him that does not need to be hurt please let us know, so the shooter is careful to hit only him.
A few days later, KBGMKN asked if the hit could be made to look like a “mugging gone wrong,” but was told that would cost another $4,000, court documents say.
On March 17, KBGMKN provides the home address in Durham, North Carolina, of Felkins’ ex-husband and writes that “the target maybe leaving town with in the next couple days so it really needs to be done tonight or tomorrow.”
Three days later, ADMIN advises that a sniper is needed for the job, which will add another $4,000 to the price tag, but KBGMKN responds that “she has “’already borrow to the end of my limit’ and requests that the hit man just wait until VICTIM-1 leaves the house to ‘shoot him in his car,’” court records say.
KGBMKN also notes that there is a reason for the contract.
“This man mentally, physically, sexually and emotionally abused me,” KBGMKN wrote, according to court documents. “I ran, and then he took my children away from me.
“He now mentally abuses my children and threatens their physical well being. He is quite the snake and master manipulater…..”
The proposed victim was flying to San Francisco and proceeding onto Northern California, and eventually to Chico, court records say.
ADMIN advises that the hit man still cannot find the target, leading KBGMKN to write, “if you guys can’t do as promised then it’s time for me to stop wasting my time [sic] get a refund and figure out another solution,” court records say.
By April 9, 2016, KBGMKN has agreed to pay more for the hit, but wants proof that the hit man is near the intended target’s house in North Carolina, asking for a photo of the street sign be taken with the photographer’s finger on the right side of the photo, court records say.
“Eventually ADMIN sends the requested photo, but KBGMKN notes that ‘this is obviously a Google Street view with a photo shopped finger added in,’” court records say. “For the next few days, ADMIN continues to string along KBGMKN and fails to provide her with the requested photo.
“The final message between ADMIN and KBGMKN was on or about April 19, 2016.”
Federal investigators first learned of the alleged plot in September 2019, court records say, and eventually began poring over phone, email and other records before concluding that “there is probable cause that Kristy FELKINS committed a violation of 18 U.S.C. (section) 1958 (Use of Interstate Commerce Facilities in the Commission of Murder-for-Hire),” court records say.
The maximum penalty if convicted is 10 years.