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“Church Leader” Attempted to Hire a Hitman on the Darkweb

A woman from Florida is facing charges for allegedly hiring a hitman on the darkweb to kill her former spouse’s significant other.

A federal criminal complaint accuses DeAnna Marie Stinson, 50, of soliciting a crime of violence and murder-for-hire. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, Stinson spent $12,000 in Bitcoin on a darkweb murder-for-hire site.

A picture of DeAnna Marie Stinson, an obvious moral authority, appears to have fallen for the fake hitman scam.

DeAnna Marie Stinson, an obvious moral authority, appears to have fallen for the fake hitman scam.

According to Patch.com, Stinson is a so-called “church leader.” So that is something.

Stinson is the director of finance for Bible-Based Fellowship Church at 4811 Erlich Road in Carrollwood.
In addition to her work at the church, Stinson is the founder of Woman of Excellence Consulting in New Tampa.
According to Woman of Excellence website, Stinson founded the organization in 2002 to help small, minority-owned businesses who can’t afford administrative, organizational or accounting services.

The criminal complaint accuses Stinson of creating an account on a murder-for-hire site on the darkweb on June 24, 2021, indicating that law enforcement could have inside access. Traditionally, in murder-for-hire cases covered by Darknetlive, independent researchers such as Chris Monteiro have provided law enforcement agencies with hacked information from the site. This time, it appears as if one inside source is actually a law enforcement officer operating in an undercover capacity.

As of the time of publication, there are no publicly accessible (relevant) court records for DeAnna Marie Stinson. As a result, we know nothing more than that the information provided in the USAO press release.

On June 25, 2021, one day after creating an account, Stinson allegedly submitted an order on the site and requested a “quick hit in southern Florida.” She identified the target as the significant other of her former spouse. Stinson provided the site with the name of the victim, address, and a picture of the victim.

Between June and July 2021, Stinson submitted multiple orders for the same hit and sent the site more than $12,000 in Bitcoin to complete the job.

On July 31, 2021, Stinson told administrators to “reassign the job to someone who has a history of getting jobs done” because she “need[ed] th[e] job done ASAP.” Investigators conducted basic blockchain analysis and identified the source of Stinson’s Bitcoin payments. Investigators obtained information about Stinson after examing records provided by the cryptocurrency exchange she had used to purchase Bitcoin. She had paid the murder-for-hire site using a wallet associated with the exchange.

A law enforcement officer (LEO) who acted in an undercover capacity as a hitman for the darkweb site contacted Stinson by phone at some point this year. Stinson told the undercover hitman that she wanted him to kill her former spouse’s significant other. She agreed to send the undercover LEO $350 in Bitcoin to purchase a revolver with which the LEO would murder the target. On September 13, 2021, she sent the Bitcoin.

On September 24, the U.S. Marshals Service raided Stinson’s home and arrested her on the charges listed in the criminal complaint. She is being held at the Pinellas County Jail without bail.


There are some things about this case that stand out in the sea of similar cases. Her age is one of several noticeable things. How did someone her age even learn about the darkweb? Some suspects have been close to her age I suppose. I took a cursory glance at recent cases in this category and pulled some of the ages: German woman, 41, California man, 33, Wisconsin Woman, 37, Netherlands man, 37, New Jersey man,31, Australian Woman, 26, etc.

And I never understand how people are able to read instructions on accessing onion services but fail to recognize an obvious scam.

15 Comments
MPS
9e789580 Sun, Sep 26, 2021

What does her age have to do anything. I know several in their fifties and their twenties who know a great deal about the dark web. I haven't seen where any age group is more or less tor savvy.

datruth
92e06530 Wed, Oct 6, 2021

Age is always mentioned in stories like this. It's not specific to this case.

fluffypony
4dbe65d0 Sun, Sep 26, 2021

Should have used Monero...

sean noakes
96583780 Mon, Sep 27, 2021

Blaqs should avoid the dark web

rofl
ae4665e0 Mon, Sep 27, 2021

sounds like she sent btc straight from coinbase to the hitman (LE) -- nice opsec

Fascist
f1be71e0 Tue, Sep 28, 2021

hahahaha

Fox Mulder
3a6d35f0 Tue, Sep 28, 2021

yes it does sound like she failed to use even one layer of obfuscation like coinbase to wallet and wallet to wallet....none it. She dumb

GullibleStooge
fd3a8a00 Wed, Sep 29, 2021

Oh boy! Sign me up, officer!

kodakblack
0936a6f0 Fri, Oct 1, 2021

try using xmr LOL but the number 1 rule for this act is you hire from the streets never the web. gosh golly when will they learn. and of course she gotta be from florida, none the less a church "leader" LOL

BTCisShitcoin
03951640 Wed, Oct 6, 2021

LE must love bitcoin to be their #1 fan. It's soooo easy to track.

really
820a4950 Wed, Oct 6, 2021

“And I never understand how people are able to read instructions on accessing onion services but fail to recognize an obvious scam.”

You’re talking about two intrinsic qualities that have nothing to do with one another. The ability to read and follow technical instructions has no relation at all to naivety.

Aliqs
9b044680 Thu, Oct 7, 2021

And I never understand how people are able to read instructions on accessing onion services but fail to recognize an obvious scam.

Even the brightest and most intelligent man can fall for the most obvious of lies given enough naivete
Or carelessness

madman
c2e42310 Sat, Oct 9, 2021

Thick cunt. Bitcoin is traceble.

big chris
2830a070 Thu, Oct 14, 2021

not even a coinjoin along the way. smh

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