[puamelia] The kingpin of the Silk Road drug empire paid $80,000 to commission the torture and murder of an employee suspected of cheating customers in a deal gone bad, federal prosecutors alleged. Ross William Ulbricht ordered the hit against an employee who took delivery of a kilogram of cocaine valued at $27,000, according to a superseding indictment filed in federal court in Maryland. Shortly after receipt, the employee came under suspicion of stealing from other Silk Road members after he was arrested by law enforcement authorities, prosecutors said. Communicating with an undercover law enforcement agent posing as a drug smuggler, Dread Pirate Roberts—the online moniker prosecutors say Ulbricht used as leader of Silk Road—first asked that the suspected employee be beaten and forced to return the stolen Bitcoins. Soon, the indictment alleged, the kingpin changed his mind. “Can you change the order to execute rather than torture?” Ulbricht allegedly asked in January.

The employee—who prosecutors said had access to private messages sent by all Silk Road users including its boss—”was on the inside for a while, and now that he’s been arrested, I’m afraid he’ll give up info.” Dread Pirate Roberts, who agreed to pay $40,000 in advance and another $40,000 when the hit was completed, said that he had “never killed before, but it is the right move in this case,” the indictment added.     

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