WKBW — Court documents that read like a Hollywood crimemovie paint a picture of an East Aurora woman who is accused ofwanting to cause harm to her ex-boyfriend.

Yanyan Lesser, 47 years old, got arrested . She pleaded guilty to trying to hire a hitman on the dark web to seriously harm her ex-partner

Lesser, according to court documents, texted messages to thehitman that included sentences like “I would like to give this guya lesson,” “please give him a good beating and make sure he‘llremain in a wheelchair for the rest of the life,” which helped lead to her arrest.

The case brought the use of the dark web front and center locally. Assistant Professor Alan Katerinsky at the University at Buffalo’s School of Management said the big draw of it is anonymity.

The dark web is a small portion of the deep web,” he stated. “The deep web is everything you can’t get to with a normal searchengine. Things behind pay walls, specially restricted areas.”

According to court documents, Lesser proceeded twocryptocurrency transactions, using Bitcoin, which were 7000$ in total.

The dark web is a hidden place where drug trafficking, weaponrysales, and stolen credit card info lives pretty easily, yet itcontinues to live. Katerinsky said volunteers devoted to absolutefree speech keep the sites running. He also said that because it’sdecentralized there’s essentially no stopping it.

Katerinsky said activities on the dark web are not necessarilyunusual activities, it’s a new form of carrying out the activities.

“It’s a 21st century version of a crime, that’s really what we’re talking about,” he said. “Because there have been people arrested for trying to hire a hitman way before there was an internet.”

Lesser is currently facing 5 years in prison maximum and 250k $ fine for commiting this crime.

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