Alleged White Rock contract killing linked to $1.2-billion cyber empire 0
A LinkedIn profile U.S. authorities alleged as belonging to Dread Pirate Roberts — real name Ross Ulbricht — who FBI say earned about $80 million from commissions earned through the Silk Road exchange site. (FROM LINKEDIN.COM)
Canadian police have come up empty-handed in their search for a White Rock man allegedly killed following an extortion attempt on an accused online drug-exchange broker.
In a U.S. court document filed by the FBI, it’s alleged Ross William Ulbricht ordered a $150,000 hit on the White Rock man known only by his online username, FriendlyChemist, to keep his Internet activities secret from law enforcement.
Ulbricht, the man portrayed by police to be the mastermind of the website Silk Road, is alleged to have arranged $1.2 billion in illegal sales, earning $80 million in commission. His roommates knew him simply as “Josh,” someone who was “always home in his room on the computer.” To the numerous drug dealers and criminals the FBI said used the website, however, Ulbricht was the alleged “captain” of an online ship that arranged sales of everything from drugs to contract-killing connections in 10 countries. It was controlled by administrators working beneath the 29-year-old from an Internet café in San Francisco.
According to the document, he introduced himself to the nearly one million users of his site as Dread Pirate Roberts, a movie character from the ‘80s about a princess. Despite his fairytale moniker, the FBI alleged Ulbricht wasn’t afraid to use violent force to accomplish his goals.
FriendlyChemist, a Silk Road user, was an apparent White Rock father of three who FBI say attempted to extort Ulbricht for $500,000 to pay off drug debts. He allegedly paid $150,000 in online anonymous currency to end the threat.
According to the document, Ulbricht said to another Silk Road user through a message it wasn’t the first time he’d ordered a hit, having paid $80,000 earlier for a previous hit.
“On March 27, 2013, DPR wrote back: ‘In my eyes, FriendlyChemist is a liability and I wouldn’t mind if he was executed,’” the document quoted Ulbricht.
“‘I would like to put a bounty on his head if it’s not too much trouble for you … Necessities like this do happen from time to time for a person in my position.’”
The FBI alleged FriendlyChemist managed to obtain a list of real names and addresses of Silk Road users — despite numerous sophisticated safeguards — and threatened to release the information to the cybersphere if he wasn’t paid.
Money was exchanged for the alleged hit and a photo of the victim was sent to Ulbricht after “the problem was taken care of,” according to the document.
No matching homicide investigations, however, exists, according to Canadian authorities.