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Ross Ulbricht Accused of Murder-for-Hire Scheme

Avatar Yashu Gola 5 years ago

Ross Ulbricht, the alleged owner of the seized online drug marketplace Silk Road, is now accused of plotting murder schemes of six people, including his own employee who, he believed, had stolen around $350,000 worth of Bitcoins from him.

The US investigators, who were collecting evidence from Ulbricht’s laptop to prove his alleged involvement with Silk Road, found some electronic communications which mentioned the suspected thief and the illegal methods to get rid of him, according to the filing mentioned on Bloomberg.

The conversation was conducted in January and February 2013, in which Ulbricht was found inflicting murderous schemes to get rid of his worker. Prosecutors repeated some of Ulbricht sentences, in which he asked, “At what point do we terminate him?” while also suggest to use “muscle” to “get him quickly.”

“Ulbricht solicited these murders for hire as part of his role as owner and operator of Silk Road, to retaliate against a former staff member who he believed had stolen bitcoins from the site, and who he feared would provide information about the site,” said assistant U.S. attorneys Serrin Turner and Timothy Howard.

Ulbricht also planned the murder of a Silk Road salesperson using the alias of “Friendly Chemist” who reportedly blackmailed him of identity disclosure if he is not paid a sum of $500,000.

At this point, however, it is not clear whether these people are dead or not.

Yashu Gola

Yashu Gola is a Mumbai-based finance journalist. He is profoundly active in the bitcoin space since 2014 – and has contributed to several cryptocurrency media outlets, including NewsBTC, FxDailyReport, Bitcoinist, and CCN...

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