Bitcoin worth $10k lands Jessica Sledge behind the bars. Well, this might seem striking. However, if I say that Jessica paid $10k worth of Bitcoin to an assassin to murder her own husband, will the prison sentence sound justified? I think that the answer will be “yes”. In fact, this is a crime that perhaps demands a more harsh punishment. However, what is striking here is the mode of payment. Paying an assassin in Bitcoins is really something new.
However, more interesting is the way in which the police caught her red-handed. The police had to follow a complex procedure to get hold of Jessica. At first, an officer contacted her impersonating the hired assassin. Then following a series of conversations, when she admitted her crime, she was put behind the bars.
If you wish to learn more about the case of Jessica Sledge keep reading the article. In addition to this, the article will also talk about the way in which the authorities arrested two citizens of Orange County on the charges of a crypto scam. Read the article for further details.
The Case of Jessica Sledge
American law enforcement officers started tracking Jessica Sledge back in September 2021. They came to know that Jessica had contacted an assassin through the dark web. In fact, such cases have become common where people hire assassins through the dark web. The officers also came to know that Jessica paid bitcoins worth $10,000 to the murderer, for killing her own husband.
After coming to know of Jessica Sledge’s intentions, a police officer contacted her impersonating the appointed assassin. A series of conversations followed between the two and everything was recorded. In fact, it is in those conversations that she admitted the purpose of the bitcoin transaction. However, Jessica struck the final nail in her coffin, when she met that FBI officer impersonating the assassin and made another cash payment to him for the crime.
Therefore, the police had enough evidence to get hold of her. Studying the evidence closely, Carlton W. Reeves, United States District Judge, sentenced her to the statutory maximum of 120 months in jail. In addition, she will also be paying a fine worth $1000. Moreover, police officers will closely scrutinise her actions for three years after her release.
Crypto Scammers Jailed
Along with sentencing Jessica Sledge to jail, the US Department of Justice sentenced two citizens of Orange County to jail, on charges of crypto scam. The two sentenced people are Zachary Matar and Jeremy McAlpine. According to police records, these two people established a Belize-based company named Dropil Inc. The company provides cryptocurrency investment services. They also issued their own tokens named DROPS.
For years, the duo lured 2,000 people to invest in these assets. They also marketed the token as offering exclusive added values. They also claimed that the tokens could provide 24% to 63% returns. However, the value of returns depends on the “risk profile”. However, the DROPs were never successful investments and the investors lost a lot of money.
As per the records of the Department of Justice, the two accused looted around $1.9 million from the investors. The court of law, therefore, sentenced McAlpine to spend three years in a Federal jail. However, Matar’s sentence is 30 months shorter.
This is all about the case of Jessica Sledge and the two Orange county citizens, sentenced to jail.