Doctor Pleads Guilty to Using Bitcoin to Hire a Hitman in Murder Plot "How soon should work be done? I have submitted an Order and curious how quickly it should be carried out," the doctor asked in a forum.
Dr. James Wan, a Georgia-based physician, entered a guilty plea for using Bitcoin to organize a murder-for-hire plot via the dark web. The sinister plot, which he thought was veiled by the pseudonymous nature of Bitcoin, involved hiring a hitman to make it look like his girlfriend had died in a carjacking gone wrong. Wan is now awaiting sentencing before a federal court in January 2024.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the doctor (no, not the acclaimed director known for the "Saw" franchise) sought a hitman on the dark web to have his girlfriend murdered. The DOJ says his venture into the dark web began in April 2022, when he started meticulously arranging for his girlfriend's murder by providing extensive details, ranging from her Facebook account to her vehicle's description. The contract was to be sealed with multiple Bitcoin payments, which totaled around $24,200, after Wan had to resend a payment because he'd used the wrong crypto wallet address.
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