Washington-based doctor Ronald Craig Ilg has been sentenced to eight years in prison after he tried to get a bitcoin-for-hire hitman to kidnap his estranged wife and break the hands of a former colleague.
Neonatologist Ilg was willing to pay $2,000 in bitcoin via the dark web to have a fellow doctor “given a significant beating.” He also specified that the assault “should injure both hands significantly or break the hands.”
The former co-worker told the FBI that Ilg may have planned to harm her because he suspected she was involved in a number of workplace complaints against him.
Despite this attack not being carried out, Ilg returned to the dark web a month later with what he called “another, more complicated job.”
Specifically, this second assignment would involve the hitman kidnapping Ilg’s estranged wife in exchange for $60,000 in bitcoin.
The online criminal would then torture Ilg’s wife for one week, injecting her with heroin twice a day until she agreed to return to him and drop a number of court proceedings against him.
Ilg’s wife filed for divorce in June 2020 when she discovered he was having an affair. She also accused him of becoming increasingly manipulative and threatening, leading her to file a number of restraining orders against him.
Ilg used the moniker “Scar215” to hire the hitman. Unfortunately for him, FBI agents discovered that the username was linked to a Coinbase account set up using his personal details, including his social security number.
Ilg pleaded guilty then wanted a book deal
Ilg was arrested in April, 2021 and initially claimed the hitman was instead hired to kill him. He then sent a letter to a key witness, begging her to marry him in a bid to manipulate her testimony.
Ilg eventually pleaded guilty but not without trying to make himself a quick buck. Shortly after changing his plea, the disgraced medic attempted to sell his story for a book or movie deal. Unsurprisingly, there were no takers.
In addition to his sentence, Ilg will have to pay $25,000 in restitution and a $100,000 fine. He also faces a further three years of federal supervision after his eventual release.