A woman pays an assassin/hitman with Bitcoin to kill her husband. The US Attorney’s Office in Mississippi published a release regarding Jessica Sledge on 1 August.
The Attempted Murder by Jessica Sledge
On 1 August, the US Attorney’s Office in Mississippi announced Jessica Sledge was sentenced to prison for 120 months for “using interstate commerce facilities in the commission of a murder-for-hire.” She was trying to hire an assassin through the dark web and pay with Bitcoin.
Sledge said she pleaded guilty that between September 2021 to November 2021, she contacted an assassin to make an appointment. She also made three payments in October 2021 with a total of $10,000 in Bitcoin via online transactions. The statement added that Bitcoin is known for its use in “interstate and international commerce.” However, the person turned out to be an FBI agent. Luckily, the intended victim was unharmed.
The Use of Bitcoin in Criminal Activities
With the growth of Bitcoin users in the community, people have different purposes for each transaction. The use of Bitcoin in criminal activities is not something new. Last year, a man also did the same thing as Sledge. He hired an assassin to kill his wife and paid with Bitcoin through his Coinbase wallet.
It could be an evaluation for everyone involved in the community to be aware of criminal activities. In the future, companies and authorities may need more systems to track any suspicious transactions that involve the dark web. Because even though the advancement of technology is a good thing and people are switching to digital payments, some people may use it for illegal activities.