A woman from Des Plaines, Illinois is accused of contracting a company on the dark web to murder her lover’s wife.
Tina Jones, 31, is accused of paying a dark web company over $10,000 in bitcoin for the murder plot, according to a press release from the State’s Attorney.
Jones was arrested on Tuesday after turning herself in. She made an appearance at a bond hearing on Wednesday morning. She was charged with one count of solicitation of murder for hire, which is a felony. Her bond was set at $250,000.
“In recent years, law enforcement has seen a dramatic increase in the use of the dark web as it relates to criminal activity,” Woodridge Chief of Police Brian Cunningham said, according to the State’s Attorney. The dark web is an area of the internet which conceals the identity and location of the user. It’s often used to conduct illegal business.
Police began investigating Jones over a week ago after they received a tip from the CBS News program "48 Hours,” according to the Daily Herald in Chicago. Nobody was hurt or killed. It's unclear how far the alleged murder plot got.
Cunningham called the investigation “a great example of how increased training, shared resources and interagency cooperation helped protect one of our residents.”
Jones works as a registered nurse at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, a job she has been suspended by pending an investigation, according to the Daily Herald.
Jones’ next court appearance is on May 15. If convicted, she could face up to twenty years behind bars. If she posts bail before her sentencing, she’ll be ordered to stay away from the alleged intended murder victim and their family.
[Photo: DuPage County State’s Attorney's Office]