A lawyer in Budapest watched a little too many mafia movies and hired someone to assassinate her cousin’s spouse for EUR 70,000. The insane plan crumbled fast.
The 47-year-old lawyer made the decision to eliminate her cousin’s partner in 2017 because the couple’s relationship went south, 24 reports. She decided to hire a hitman for the job.
She told this plan to two other people, but she claimed that her cousin’s father was the one who wanted the spouse gone, and she was only helping to execute the father’s plan. Unluckily for her (and luckily for the potential target), the two men she confided in decided to scam her by finding a fake hitman for the job.
They easily found two Hungarian and one Croatian man to help them, who later pretended to be some kind of hitman organisation.
In 2017, the lawyer and the two scammers travelled together to Croatia to negotiate with the Croatian man, who was pretending to be a “Serbian hitman boss” called Papa.
Papa wanted 70,000 euros for the job – 15,000 euros in advance. The scammers made an audio recording of the meeting and used it to blackmail the lawyer. They wanted her to pay 15,000 euros in exchange for the audio recording. She refused to pay, so the scammers contacted the target and demanded 3,500 euros for the tape, which he paid, but he never actually got the recording.
The Budapest Attorney General’s Office charged the woman and four of her accomplices, who all had criminal records. The prosecutor filed a prison sentence for all five of them, and a suspended sentence for one other man involved. A fine was also filed for those accused of fraud.