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Washington doctor charged with plotting to kidnap estranged wife pleads guilty to blackmail

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A Spokane doctor accused of hiring someone on the dark web to kidnap his estranged wife was found guilty Wednesday of his two counts of making threats in interstate commerce as part of a plea bargain. admitted.

Ronald Irg, a physician licensed in Washington since 2003,initially pleaded not guilty to one of his attempted kidnappings in May 2021, he reported to KREM-TV.

As a result of Wednesday's guilty plea, the charges of cyberstalking, attempted kidnapping, computer damage and witness tampering were dismissed.

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In it she accused him of hiring someone to carry out a week-long kidnapping while he was in Mexico.

In an interview with the FBI , Ilg denied the allegations.

In February 2021, Ilg allegedly used the moniker Scar215 to provide bitcoin to a hitman and attack his former employee, breaking his hand, according to court documents. I'm here.

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In late March and early April 2021, Irg used the same moniker to kidnap his estranged wife, assault, drug, He reportedly sought out someone to blackmail.

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According to court documents, Ilg ordered her to stop court proceedings, return with him, plant drugs in his home, 51} Giving her medicine, was taking pictures of her taking the medicine.

According to court documents, Ilg messaged the woman's schedule and where she would work, and was keen to get the plan going. Irg also warned that kidnapping her when she had children would be a bad idea because it would be publicized, according to court documents. It said $40,000 was available in Bitcoin, the document said.

The FBI was able to identify Ilg by obtaining account records from his used in the alleged transaction. According to the documents, the account was in his Ilg name and included his phone number, email his address,social security number. Ilg reportedly sent him over $56,000 for the attack.

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Having executed a search warrant at Ilg's home on March 11, 2021, they found a note with the moniker "Scar215" and a password.

Ilg faces up to 10 years in prison when sentenced in November.