An Illinois man has been charged in a murder-and-hire plot against a former business partner

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An Illinois man has been charged in federal court with attempted racketeering Murder for hire Conspiracy against a man in Florida.

Ben Patrick Mulavy, 64, of Mechanicsburg in Sangamon County, faces one felony count of using interstate commerce to hire another person to kill a business associate.

A criminal complaint was filed Tuesday in US Court for the Eastern District of Missouri Molave ​​is accused of offering up to $10,000 to kill a Florida man. Charging documents say Molave ​​claimed the man owed him $200,000, and the lawsuit filed to recover the alleged debt was not going well.

According to an affidavit from investigators, Molave ​​met with a man in Sikeston, Missouri, to discuss the murder and provide identifying information for his business partner. They also discussed obtaining a Florida license plate to help the killer blend in, obtaining a crossbow and arrows, financial expenses and a $1,000 down payment, according to court records.

On January 3, the man shared details of Molave’s plans with the FBI.

The murder-for-hire charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.

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