A Beverly Hills man admitted to using bitcoin in an attempt to hire a hitman to murder his ex-girlfriend, federal prosecutors said.
Scott Burkett, 25, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder, in which he paid nearly $13,000 in bitcoin for the woman’s murder, the US Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California announced Wednesday.
The California native met the victim online in 2020 and then the woman moved to Los Angeles to see her in October of the same year. But the victim tried to break things off several times after that visit with Burkett, whose behavior she said was “sexually offensive,” prosecutors said.
In April 2021, after being harassed by Burkett, a relative of the victim called and messaged Burkett’s father. At one point Burkett replied “Consider the matter closed.”
But Burkett admitted in his petition that he instead sought a hitman through a website on the darknet, which he thought provided services for murder. He provided specific instructions and details about the victim to the Darknet group.
The Fed said an undercover police officer approached Burkett posing as a hitman.
Burkett corroborated photographs of the victim the undercover officer sent to her and reiterated that he had paid for her murder in bitcoin. The US Attorney’s office said it requested further evidence of his murder and paid $1,000 through Western Union for his death before being arrested in May 2021.
He pleaded guilty to one count of using interstate facilities to commit murder in rent and could face ten years in prison.
Burkett will be sentenced in federal court on September 12.