Ross Ulbricht, the man accused of running the underground drug marketplace Silk Road, has been charged with drug trafficking and hiring a hitman to knock off one of his employees. Of course, the hitman was actually an undercover federal agent in Maryland, and no one was actually killed.
Silk Road had a handful of employees, according to court documents, and apparently one of them went astray. This employee, who is not named in the indictment, stole money from users and also managed to get picked up by the police. “I’d like him beat up, then forced to send the bitcoins he stole back,” Ulbricht allegedly said, speaking over the internet as Silk Road’s pseudonymous captain Dread Pirate Roberts. Later, he changed his mind: “Can you change the order to execute rather than torture?”
via The Verge.