A Beverly Hills man has confessed to using a bitcoin in an attempt to hire a hitman to kill his ex-girlfriend when she wanted to end their affair, federal prosecutors said.
Scott Burkett, 25, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder for hire in which he paid about ً 13,000 in bitcoin to kill a woman, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California Announced Wednesday.
The California resident met the victim online in 2020 and then the woman left for Los Angeles in October this year to see him. But the victim tried to break things several times after the trip with Burkett, whose behavior she said was “sexually aggressive,” the prosecution said.
In April 2021, a victim’s relative called and texted Burkett’s father while Burkett continued to harass him. Burkett replied at one point, “Think of it this way.”
But Burkett admitted in his plea agreement that he instead searched for a hitman through a Web site on the Dark Net that he believed offered mercenary murder services. He provided the Dark Net Group with specific instructions and details about the victim.
An undercover police officer approached Burkett as a hitman, Fedes said.
Burkett confirmed the photos of the victim that the intelligence officer had sent him and reiterated that he had paid in bitcoin to kill her. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said it requested further evidence of his murder and paid an additional $ 1,000 through Western Union for his death before being arrested in May 2021.
He pleaded guilty to a count of using interstate facilities to commit mercenary murder and could face up to ten years in prison.
Burkett will be sentenced in federal court on September 12.