A North Carolina man was arrested after attempting to hire a hitman and trying to buy ricin to kill his roommate, officials said Sunday.
Bryant Riyanto Budi, 26, of Matthews, was charged with one count of using interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire, according to FOX 46 Charlotte. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years.
Budi contacted an undercover Homeland Security agent in Buffalo, N.Y., in April and May 2018 looking for someone who could “provide hitman services,” according to court documents.
Budi allegedly asked the agent if they could make it look like the victim ran away, and then gave the agent the alleged target’s information, WBTV reported. Budi hired the agent and agreed to pay $4,000 worth of bitcoin for the murder, according to the station.
In a separate communication, Budi allegedly tried to acquire ricin from an undercover FBI agent posing as an arms dealer. He reportedly asked how long it would take to die if someone ingested ricin.
He was arrested while going to retrieve the substance, the station reported.