An Okemos, Michigan, woman has been charged with attempting to hire a hit man through an online hoax.
Jennifer Ann Dowdy, 27, is accused of asking $5,000 for the murder of an unidentified “serial killer” and various bodies were discovered over the last several years that were later found to be connected to Dowdy and have been deemed crimes of insurance fraud.
Dowdy and her boyfriend came up with the scheme by using a website, http://www.thesaint.net, and creating fake profiles of users — using photos from a police database of missing persons.
The website allows users to swap profiles and even message one another, “live” crime and divorce stories with fictional villains and to plot for a “crude but detailed plan,” Dowdy alleged in her charging document.
Prosecutors said Dowdy took that a step further by drawing up a fake police report describing a killing at her home, claiming her elderly mother was hurt during the beating. Police charged her grandmother — the grandmother who allegedly owned the house — and recovered the victim and false report in a firearm evidence unit.
Further investigations also discovered Dowdy had been soliciting the services of other users — one whom allegedly orchestrated a hit on a man who obtained a restraining order against her. The fake site used the victim’s fingerprints in its e-mail address database.
After receiving $10,000 in payments from a user who was actually an undercover police officer, a department of justice agent tried to get Doy to bring in the killers for a sit-down meeting.
“This arrangement was to see if you could get the evidence. You can’t get evidence with a few hundred bucks,” the agent told Doy in the report.
Eventually, Doy moved away to relocate, and the conversations with police turned from supplying details to providing the location of the assassins. Eventually, an arrest warrant was issued for Doy, though it’s unclear why.
This version is based on a previous version from MLive that was also based on information from Detroit Free Press reporter Jeff Wattrick.
Fox News’ Michael Sullivan contributed to this report.
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