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Criminal Law Keyed to Osler
United States v. Dvorkin
Citation:799 F.3d 867 (7th Cir. 2015)
Dvorkin was upset about a $8 million judgement entered against him from his lender, Larry Meyer. After the judgement was entered Defendant called Robert Bevis who owned a firearm store, asking to chat. In person, Defendant asked Bevis if he knew anyone who would murder for hire. Bevis said yes, he knew somebody from Florida, though that was not true in order to end the conversation. Defendant gave him the Linkedin profile of Meyer and said his budget was $50,000. Bevis left and told the police about the interaction who told the FBI. Bevis agreed to cooperate with the FBI.
At another meeting towards the end of April, Bevis said the cost of the hit would be $80,000, half due upfront and half due after. Defendant agreed and then later asked if he could negotiate for just $50,000. Bevis then said the hitman would do it for the $50,000. Defendant then told Bevis a week later that he found somebody who would do it for $20,000. Bevis, at the direction of the FBI, told Defendant that his guy would do it for the lower price. Defendant rejected the offer and said he was going to pursue the other route. The FBI placed the Meyer family on 24/7 surveillance and told the Defendant that they were aware of his plot and if Meyer was harmed he would be the first suspect.
A week later Defendant met with Bevis, and told him about what the FBI said. He searched on Bevis’ computer for Meyer’s whereabouts but did not find any reports on him being dead. Defendant was then arrested.
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