The man’s arrest in Tennessee came after the BBC contacted the FBI the information with information about his use of Bitcoin to pay the hitman to murder his wife.
Nelson Paul Replogle has been accused of going to a website that matches wrathful people with hitmen and of using Bitcoin to pay the fee to have the former teacher’s wife, Ann, eliminated from his life in retirement Tennessee.
In his request, Nelson Replogle allegedly urged the hitman to slay his wife while she was taking their pet to the veterinarian.
Nelson Paul Replogle is accused of using a Bitcoin payment to a murder-for-hire website, providing a date his wife, Ann Replogle, was planning to take a pet to the veterinarian, as well as the make, model, and color of her car.
After the FBI got wind that someone was attempting to hire a hitman with Bitcoin, instructing the would-be assassin to off the Tennessee man’s wife, the agency contacted the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff in turn conducted a welfare check on Ann Replogle.
At the time, the couple — both of them very much alive — told the cops that they had no idea why anyone would want to harm Ann.
But then came the BBC’s tip to the FBI. An unnamed source provided the British news agency with transaction information that connected the request for the hitman to kill Nelson Repogle’s wife to the Tennessee man’s own Coinbase wallet, PIX 11 reports.
Payment for the murder was made using virtual currency Bitcoin.
The FBI ultimately linked the request for the hitman to kill the Tennessee man’s wife not only to his Bitcoin stash, but also to his IP address.
Bitcoin is a virtual currency that has been criticized for its use in crimes, including drug trafficking.
Federal agents further linked the Bitcoin payment for a hitman to kill Nelson Replogle’s wife to the Tennessee man’s savings account.
The Daily Caller reports that Replogle paid nearly $18,000 in Bitcoin to the hitman to kill his wife in Tennessee.
A former Michigan public school teacher was arrested in late April for allegedly paying a hitman $17,800 in Bitcoin to assassinate his wife, Fox 17 reported Thursday.
Before his arrest by Tennessee authorities for using Bitcoin to hire a hitman to take his wife to the cleaners, Nelson Replogle was caught shredding documents.
Replogle is a former social studies teacher at Thornapple Kellogg High School in Michigan.
According to the school’s website, he was the senior class advisor for the class of 2018.
MLive reports that Replogle has no previous criminal record.
A judge ordered Replogle jailed based on strong evidence, possibly lengthy incarceration if convicted, his lack of a stable home and lack of ties to the Tennessee’s Eastern District. “Defendant is alleged to have procured the murder for hire of his wife and used surreptitious means and sophisticated technology to do so,” Magistrate Judge Debra Poplin wrote.
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