Woman Faces 40 Year Prison Sentence in $10,000 Bitcoin Murder-for-Hire Case

Omar Faridi

Tina Jones, a 32-year-old American woman who has been charged for allegedly offering $10,000 in bitcoin (BTC) to a dark web company earlier this year to kill her lover’s wife, had requested that she should no longer be required to wear a GPS monitoring device.

Charged With "Attempted First-Degree Murder"

Jones’ attorney told DuPage County Judge George Bakalis that the defendant was unable to afford the $10 per day charges for using the GPS tracking device. Jones’ lawyer said she had so far paid $2,390 since being told to wear the device in April 2018. Bakalis denied the request and recommended that a $300 advance payment be made, so that the defendant could wear the GPS monitor for at least another 30 days.

The judge also instructed Jones’ attorney to use the $25,000 Jones had paid as bail money to help cover the costs of the tracker. According to court documents, Jones has been charged with “four counts of solicitation of murder for hire, two counts of solicitation of murder and attempted first-degree murder in a plot to have her former lover's wife killed.”Although Jones had been granted bail, court orders had required that she wear the GPS monitor and also stay at her parent’s home in the state of Georgia.

Paying $10,000 In Bitcoin To Dark Web Company

As noted by the prosecutors, Jones had allegedly paid over $10,000 in BTC to a dark web company (called Cosa Nostra International Network) in January to kill a woman who resides in Woodridge. The woman reportedly works as a clinical social worker in the nearby town of Naperville.

As mentioned, Jones’ legal representative had asked that the GPS tracker be removed as he tried to convince Judge Bakalis that the defendant had complied with all the court’s orders. Jones’ lawyer noted during the hearing:

Ms. Jones would otherwise request that all other conditions of bond remain in effect, including that she be required to stay within the state of Georgia unless traveling to Illinois for court, and then she may only stay within Illinois for 24 hours. This court can be fairly assured of Ms. Jones continued compliance because of the support of her family (who travel with her to every court appearance), her performance while on release thus far, and other factors to be discussed with this court.

Presumably due to the serious nature of the crime, Judge Bakalis wants law enforcement to be able to carefully monitor Jones’ whereabouts, so he denied the request to remove the GPS monitor. Notably, all charges against Jones are Class X felonies, which means she cannot serve probation if found guilty for any of the charges. The defendant also faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted for attempted murder (the most serious of all offenses she’s been charged with).

"Kill Order" Gives Hitman Detailed Instructions 

The illegal contract between Jones and the dark web company was reportedly discovered by a research team working at the CBS program. The news media outlet had been working on a different case and came across Jones’ conversations with a hitman.

Jones had posted a "kill order" that gave the hitman specific instructions which emphasized that her lover should not be harmed. The accused had also provided a schedule which noted the times her lover, a practicing anesthesiologist, would be at work and the victim (his wife) would be at home alone.

Jones' next court hearing has been scheduled for February 13th, 2019

Irish Drug Dealer Forced to Surrender €52 Million in Bitcoin to Authorities

Michael LaVere
  • An Irish drug dealer was forced to surrender €52 million in crypto to the Criminal Assets Bureau.
  • High Court determined the proceeds to be the result of a crime. 

A drug dealer was forced to surrender €52 million (around $56 million) in cryptocurrency to Ireland's Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) after the country's High Court determined it to be proceeds from a crime. 

According to the report by Irish news outlet Independent, Dubliner Clifton Collins accumulated more than €52 million in the illegal sale and supply of drugs. Justice Alex Owens ruled that the bitcoin should be forfeited under the Proceeds of Crime legislation, a decision that went uncontested by Collins. 

The report claims authorities discovered a quantity of cannabis in Collins possession after a vehicle stoppage which took place in February 2017. Authorities went on to find a large number of suspected cannabis plants at an address at Farnaught, Corr na Móna. A subsequent investigation by the CAB led the bureau to uncover Collins's extensive holding of crypto assets, which amounted to €52 million. 

The report claims that Collins was an early investor in bitcoin and crypto-assets, which appreciated exponentially over the years. The CAB was able to secure a freezing order on the bitcoin to ensure that it could not be moved from the wallet prior to a court ruling. 

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