TAMPA – A 50-year-old Tampa accountant has been arrested by federal agents and charged with attempting to hire a dark web hitman and pay him in bitcoin.
The woman, DeAnna Marie Stinson, was arrested after FBI agents were able to trace her conversations and transactions – first on a website, then with an undercover agent posing as a hitman, a statement said . Stinson has been charged with soliciting the crime of violence and vicarious murder.
According to the criminal complaint, on July 31, an unidentified investigative media outlet informed authorities that it had discovered a threat to someone’s life on a website on the Dark Web. The complaint states that the site offered the service, collected the money, but never acted on.
With the information in hand, the FBI investigating agent logged in and found a message on the homepage that read, “If you’re looking to have someone murdered, beaten, kidnapped, you have come to the right place.
On the site was an open forum for people to post public messages. On July 15, authorities claim that a person later identified as Stinson said, âI’m looking for a quick hit in South Florida. Is anyone available? “
Officials allege that Stinson was trying to get the spouse of a former relative killed. She posted the name, address and photo of her target on the site.
A search of the website, the federal authorities’ release, found that she first tried to solicit a killer on June 24, and between that day and the end of July, she had placed four orders and sent 12,307, $ 61 in Bitcoin. She said she preferred the shot to be between July 5 and July 11, authorities said.
On June 25, she had placed an order that included a request that the hitman “Don’t do at home.” Anywhere else is fine.
She repeated that request on the July 15 order, this time offering a bonus if the coup was completed by July 31, the statement said.
Upset that her schedule was missed, Stinson contacted the site administrator on July 31 to ask her to “reassign work to someone who has already done work.” This, federal officials argue, because she needed the “job done as soon as possible.”
Agents handling the case were able to obtain records from the Bitcoin account showing payments on the website and were able to connect those records to Stinson through it, the statement said. The information they uncovered included a savings account in his name and a checking account owned by WOE Consulting, which Florida records show is listed in his name.
WOE Consulting’s website states that it was founded by Stinson in 2002 to help “small minority-owned businesses have a solid financial base in order to thrive.”
Information agents found also included his email address, driver’s license, social security number and phone number.
On August 24, according to the criminal complaint, officers took staged photos of the victim and then an undercover agent posing as the hitman contacted Stinson through a messaging app. The agent, officials said, sent the victim’s photo and asked Stinson to verify that it was the one she wanted to kill. âSounds good,â she replied.
About a week later, on September 1, the undercover agent contacted her again to tell her that he was going to stage the murder to make it look like a robbery, but that he needed the money. for a gun, asking if she would transfer the money through Western Union.
“I can’t send you Western Union, I don’t want it traced,” she replied, according to the complaint, and asked if she could send the money via Bitcoin. The undercover agent agreed and said he needed $ 350 for the gun.
The undercover agent then told Stinson that some people had their doubts and asked her if she was sure she wanted this done.
According to the criminal complaint, Stinson returned a one-word response. “Yes.”
On September 12, the agent sent a message requesting the $ 350 for the weapon and included a link to an account.
The next day, the investigating officer verified the Bitcoin account created specifically for the investigation and found that the $ 350 had been deposited.
Stinson faces a maximum of 10 years in federal prison.