Scott Quinn Burkett, 24, of Beverly Hills, is facing a federal murder-for-hire charge after reportedly sending thousands of dollars in bitcoin and cash to arrange the murder without knowing that his correspondence was with an undercover FBI agent posing as a “hitman” the Central District of California Attorney’s Office said in a statement.
According to Oxygen, Burkett met the woman through a Facebook fan page dedicated to the Japanese anime show. The woman flew to Los Angeles to meet Burkett at the end of October last year, but found him too sexually aggressive and tried several times to break off relations with him after the trip, the affidavit says.
Burkett, who did not accept the breakup, became very possessive and began constantly reporting the woman until her concerned family members told the suspect’s father about the harassment, the affidavit said.
A distraught Burkett allegedly contacted a group on the darknet that advertised for hit-and-run services, the Daily Mail reports.
According to the affidavit, he filed a murder order on April 28 using his username “Ula77,” saying,
” I’d like it to look like an accident, but a robbery gone wrong might work better. I would also like her phone to be retrieved and irretrievably destroyed in the process.”
The FBI charged Burkett with making bitcoin payments totaling $13,000 between April 5 and May 5. Authorities testified that the group Burkett allegedly initially contacted was part of a scam, and that they contacted local media outlets who contacted the FBI.
Then, on Wednesday, an undercover FBI agent posing as a hitman reportedly contacted Burkett. During negotiations with the fake hitman, Burkett allegedly demanded a photo confirming the death, which would show the corpse and the tattoo of the woman.
The agent sent Burkett a photo of the woman Burkett confirmed was his intended target. Burkett then allegedly made a final payment of $1,000 via Western Union on May 19 during a Rite Aid near his home late on Thursday, May 20, after lunch, leading to his arrest the next day.
Burkett’s court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday, May 25. If convicted on the murder-for-hire charge, Burkett faces a maximum of 10 years in federal prison.