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Utah Man Indicted for Trying to Hire a Hitman on the Darkweb

A Utah man was indicted for attempting to hire a hitman on the dark web to murder two New York residents.

The US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York announced in a press release that 41-year-old Christopher Pence of Cedar City, Utah, had been charged for orchestrating a murder-for-hire plot against two individuals over a children’s custody dispute.

The investigations that led to Pence’s arrest began in September 2021, after the FBI received information from a confidential informant. The informant told the FBI that someone had paid $16,000 in bitcoin to a dark web murder-for-hire site to have two people killed.

A picture of The FBI learned of this case through the way we have come to expect.

The FBI learned of this case through the way we have come to expect.

[DNL note: Every. Time.]

Communications between the site’s admin and Pence allegedly took place between July 16 and August 9. Pence reportedly provided the admin with the name, photographs, and residential address of the intended victim. Pence then asked the admin to make the hit look like an accident or a robbery gone wrong. He also told the admin that the targets had three children in their custody that were to be left unharmed.

Investigations conducted by the FBI revealed that the bitcoin sent to the murder-for-hire site originated from a bitcoin wallet held by an account registered under Pence’s name. The payment was also made from an IP address that the FBI tied back to Pence. These discoveries resulted in Pence’s arrest and detention on October 27.

On being questioned, Pence’s intended victims allegedly told the FBI that Pence had legally adopted five of their children. The targets also revealed that they wanted to get back the custody of their children resulting in a custody dispute with Pence.

If found guilty Pence could be sentenced to a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The sentence could also be followed by a maximum of three years of supervised release.


Another DNL Note: The FBI National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force (NCIJTF) participated in this investigation. Like many of the task forces discussed on this site, the NCIJTF consists of a long lists of agencies. Unlike the other task forces, the NCIJTF works with the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency. The task force was effectively created by Shawn Henry who is now the president of the totally legitimate cybersecurity firm Crowdstrike.

A picture of It makes sense for domestic investigative agencies to partner with intelligence agencies.

It makes sense for domestic investigative agencies to partner with intelligence agencies.

As we all know, Crowdstrike is a very serious cybersecurity firm. Before the creation of the NCIJTF, the FBI had a cybercrime division called the Cybercrime Division. Henry was Deputy Assistant Director or Assistant Director of the Cyber Division during one of the FBI’s most well-known sting operations: the 2008 infiltration and subsequent takedown of a cybercrime forum called Dark Market. The site, which shares a name with the marketplace that was seized earlier this year, was essentially a market for fraudsters. The FBI arrested the administrator and then ran the forum for a while. The honeypoted forum had 2,500 registered users.

I realize that all of that was unrelated to the murder-for-hire case. But I thought it was important to note the involvement of intelligence agencies in a standard darkweb case.

46 Comments
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vector
198070c0 Mon, Nov 15, 2021

not again, will this ever end?

CircusTown
53a70290 Mon, Nov 15, 2021

Of course it won't end. Should it end? I don't think so.

bigbob
84c6e790 Mon, Nov 15, 2021

dumbass homicidal boomers will never learn

StreetTrashBlack
755d2f50 Tue, Nov 16, 2021

Nigger, 41-year-old, can you read?

dark
1237e650 Mon, Nov 15, 2021

dudes paid 16,000 usd to get himself 10 years, its obvs an le run murder for hire site, same old same old, confidential informer bs, hacker bs, le all the way

MonopolyOfficial
6d4253a0 Mon, Nov 15, 2021

We have been compromised since June 2020. XMR has been compromised.

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JusticeForKyle
9dbb6cf0 Mon, Nov 15, 2021

This is why you don't use Dread, reddiots.

JoeRogansLTestie
a64570e0 Mon, Nov 15, 2021

Fake news, nice try G-man. How many pedos have gone free because, oh no, a few software engineers prefer medication on their own terms without boomer middleman bullshit, cuck fucks

idiots
56496870 Mon, Nov 15, 2021

this is a terrible place to get your info 20 somthin soi boi lefties

CalSource
7566c3b0 Tue, Nov 16, 2021

fake af

IwasFramedbyJews
c7fb4290 Tue, Nov 16, 2021

I bet you also believe jet fuel burns hot enough to melt steel. #DontSueMeBruhAlexJones

WorldofHan
4daa4db0 Tue, Nov 16, 2021

LoLWuT I'll just slide right on by.

AllGoodThings
5cae0bd0 Tue, Nov 16, 2021

...and XMR dumped! Thanks Monopoly! im out

Alias
19ab07f0 Tue, Nov 16, 2021

Yo I DM'd u u better not belized mf pay me or release it if u legit

bughunter3
702d6d20 Wed, Nov 17, 2021

Confirmed.

Belize.

JewMediaNevrLies
78099a60 Tue, Nov 16, 2021

“The FBI arrested the administrator and then ran the forum for a while. The honeypoted forum had 2,500 registered users.”

Wink wink. cough Dread cought DNL ** cough** dark.fail **cought**
don’t mind me, I have a fake illness orchestrated by the left to deny Trump his right as KING

polishsausgekyle
c417c1a0 Tue, Nov 16, 2021

you don't look so hot bruh maybe take your alt-right shit someplace else

GamersRiseUp
b8944c70 Tue, Nov 16, 2021

Imagine constantly pushing this tired narrative about these sites. These sites don’t have registered users, faggot. Use Tor like the rest of us.

Maybe Dread is but nobody knows that. Did you sign up for dread with your real name and address? I can see why that might concern you.

You are an obvious shill yet somehow thinking within the confines of some retarded boomer’s mindset about the state of things. Even in mockery you fail. You seem like an obvious ZOG shill. You will never be a woman.

GamersRiseUp
474f4cd0 Tue, Nov 16, 2021

@polish how can you think that is an alt right take? It is obviously the take of someone who is trying to mock their perceived political opponents. No legitimate alt righter wanted Trump as king after he proved himself a puppet of Israel who cared only about black unemployment and related bullshit.

JoeRogansRtestie
e1e1f580 Tue, Nov 16, 2021

cuck

deep dot weeb
082ed480 Fri, Nov 19, 2021

dread has far more than registered 2500 users. cant we pay some kind of hacking or programing group to check the scripts on dread and other sites to see if they are running exploits?

deepdotweb used to post SO MUCH good info and news articles. thats what i miss the most. they even posted the exact script used to catch pedos on sites, which could ultimately be used against us

SweetSweetHoney
e1348090 Fri, Nov 19, 2021

@deep dot weeb Yes. This is how the internet works. You solved all of humanities issues in one clear confidently correct statement of words.

ThankJoesGas$$$s
8a304590 Tue, Nov 16, 2021

@GamersRiseUp

“DeepDotWeb was a news site dedicated to events in and surrounding the dark web featuring interviews and reviews about darknet markets, Tor hidden services, privacy, bitcoin, and related news. The website was seized on May 7, 2019, during an investigation into the owners' affiliate marketing model, in which they received money for posting links to certain darknet markets. On which they were charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering.”

cuck I took your ethnic sister last night faggot

GamersRiseUp
e6a358b0 Tue, Nov 16, 2021

Nigger my family looks like a model NSDAP family and my family tree is no different. Although that is not a NSDAP endorsement; I don’t support feminism.

Okay, the deep.web jew got busted for Jewry. I’ll give you that.

notLE
eb172630 Tue, Nov 16, 2021

General Jewry. NEXT!

uMadBro?
2a5f8120 Tue, Nov 16, 2021

@FaggotGamersRiseUp

go back to the reddithivemind like all your vendors idiotically used to sign up on Advanced Publishing AWS hosted ultimate Snowden honeypot… but i’m a 20 somthing I know everything REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
bad boys… bad boys

GamersRiseUp
2a6143f0 Tue, Nov 16, 2021

I don't have any idea what you are talking about. I'm a little older and don't know those things you're talking about. Anyway I'm out. Good luck

BiggestBlackCock
c8e28160 Tue, Nov 16, 2021

@GamersRiseUp

Vendy?!?!?!

freeRITTENHOUSE
400ee640 Tue, Nov 16, 2021

STFU GO BACK TO YOUR SAFESPACE THE ADULTS ARE TALKING LE TROLL

KILLitwithFIRE
30a2d3f0 Tue, Nov 16, 2021

my god the reddit cancer just doesn't go away!

realOG
cae842d0 Tue, Nov 16, 2021

nah dog its just young bloods earnin charges

idocracy
05d778a0 Tue, Nov 16, 2021

social media bruh the genie is outta da bottle 24/7 stupid in your brain 365 and yes they are getting dumber

justaman
de410760 Tue, Nov 16, 2021

dafuq is w the comments? boomer LE trollin or what?

realitybytes
b9fb26d0 Wed, Nov 17, 2021

Democrats letting urban people have internet.

whiteunderclass
ffb8ce20 Wed, Nov 17, 2021

**^** Yes.

MonpolysPornHist
1ba604a0 Wed, Nov 17, 2021

Cucking Cuckhold Fuckers.

JoeyDiaz
1eb453d0 Thu, Nov 18, 2021

urbans LOL

dnl ddos dread
3620f2d0 Tue, Nov 16, 2021

oh vey anuudah shoah

LarryDavid
4397f470 Wed, Nov 17, 2021

It’s literally anudda Shoah!

low hangingfruit
60ee44f0 Wed, Nov 17, 2021

No they wont learn, they watch too many movies i give it 8 days til the next "hitman for hire" news report comes out

lmaoooo
0d4e1aa0 Wed, Nov 17, 2021

You are an idiot ha hahahahaha hahahahaha

Bipolar Bear
b2a1a100 Thu, Nov 18, 2021

@GamersRiseUp,@ThankJoesGas$$$s You guys got it half-right. A friend of mine worked for DeepDotWeb. He said they overworked him and paid him a pittance. When the charges hit against the admins he was totally shocked and at first could not believe it was accurate. But after the smoke cleared he was faced with the fact that those two guys had been sitting on millions and royally screwing their employees. Really disgusting. Their greed blinded them to the inevitable.

USPSIS
f795c4b0 Thu, Nov 18, 2021

a friend you say? buddy don't run a vpn on top of Tor running on a shitty free VPN LMAO

Sindri Bjorksson
ddb10250 Sat, Nov 20, 2021

I don't understand how these poor people are led to honey pots knowing very well their are plenty reputble and vetted murder for hire websites available across the entire Tor network, and some even on i2p which is gaining more traction and development action ever since DeSnake resurfaced with the AlphaBay project.

specialsteve
4c0ec4d0 Sun, Nov 21, 2021

wtf i la la la luvv you all!!! ye

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