Michigan Woman Arrested After Using ‘Rent-A-Hitman’ Site to Kill Ex-Husband
Wendy Wein, 52, was arrested on Friday and charged with solicitation to commit murder and unlawful use of a computer to facilitate a crime – to which she pleaded guilty and could face up to nine years of jail.
The accusation came after an online sting operation caught Wein trying to get her ex-husband killed.
The South Rockford, Mich. Woman used a pseudonym for a fake pay murder website when she signed up on July 17, 2020, but then decided to use her real personal information at the end of the its “service request”.
Wendy Wein allegedly used a “Rent-A-Hitman” website to trick someone into murdering her ex-husband.
âRENT-A-HITMAN is your point-and-click solution! Reads the website as soon as you load it. “Click below for your FREE CONSULTATION. Your privacy is important to us!
Unfortunately for Wein, your privacy is not important to them – but what is important to them is bragging about their fake trades and bragging about their fabricated testimonials.
According to the site, which has been “running” since 1920, they have “over 17,985 US-based field agents” and have “helped satisfied customers from all walks of life, from ordinary citizens (children and adults) to employees. government and even political figures.
They also process 100% in accordance with “HIPPA”, the “Hitman Information Privacy & Protection Act of 1964”, not to be confused with HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
The website is used to catch people trying to hire contract killers.
RAH is run by Guido Fanelli, whose real identity is Bob Innes from California. He started the website to get people to admit they are murderers and to cooperate with the police to get them arrested.
According to a CNN report, the website started out as a website for an internet security company, but quickly became online bait for people who really wanted their enemies to die.
The âservice requestsâ people can fill out on the website go to Innes, where they’re screened and the most serious he sends to law enforcement.
Wendy Wein was duped by the bogus site.
âIt’s a little strange that your business isn’t on the deep or dark web,â she wrote in the service request which she said would be sent to Fanelli. CNN obtained a copy of the message.
“I prefer not to go to jail,” she added. “Thank you for your time.”
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Innes says that since the site started operating in 2005, it has received over 400 requests from people who expressed interest in becoming a hitman or pranksters who wanted to prank their friends – but around 10% of these requests turned out to be legitimate cases where the police intervened.
âI thought no one could be this stupid, and I was wrong,â says Innes, 54. “These people … whoever they are, they see HIPAA, they think about privacy. So they feel obligated to leave their real information – names, address, where the intended target is …”
He intentionally left several red flags on the website that he hoped to dissuade from any serious inquiries.
Aside from the very obvious attempt to offer an illegal service, the nearly 18,000 field officers are actually the number of federal, state, county and local law enforcement agencies.
Elsewhere on the site, there’s a link to check if your credit card has been stolen, which will instead take you to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaints Center.
Innes is giving people 24 hours to calm down before sending anything to law enforcement.
Innes gives people time to rethink their decisions, just in case they don’t really want someone murdered and they’re just angry for a while.
“It’s kind of like a period of reflection, to come to your senses. I want to give people the opportunity to walk away,” he says. âAfter a day, I ask them two questions. Do you still need our services? Do you want to be put in touch with a field agent?
If they say yes to both, that’s when he puts them in touch with the police.
âI just play between matchmakers with the police,â he says. “I’d rather be a state witness than a state conspirator.”
Therefore, when Wein answered yes to both questions after the 24 hour period, she was linked to the police where she encountered an undercover soldier posing as the hitman.
Wein offered the soldier $ 5,000 for his services and included a $ 200 down payment for travel expenses since he lived in the other state.
Michigan State Police Sgt. Michael Peterson said: “What stands out most in this case is the stupidity of the suspect … trying to hire a hitman from a website.
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