MATTHEWS, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A Matthews man has been arrested after authorities said he hired a hitman on the internet and purchased a 'radioactive substance' to poison his tenant.
Bryant Riyanto Budi, 26, is charged with one count of using interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire, which carries a maximum prison term of ten years.
According to court records, in April and May of 2018, Budi contacted an HSI undercover agent in Buffalo, New York to conduct a murder-for-hire. Budi reportedly used online usernames, encrypted messaging platforms, and encrypted email services to disguise his true identity.
During communications between Budi and the undercover agent, Budi hired the agent to murder his tenant, identified as “C.S.”, who lives in the Charlotte area.
"My enemy that I am trying to get has been making my life a living hell and extorting me for a year now. I was giving him the benefit of the doubt. I appreciate [ you] helping me," Budi wrote to the undercover agent.
The filed complaint further alleges that in April and May of 2018, Budi also contacted an FBI online covert employee on the internet to purchase a lethal dose of a 'radioactive substance.'
In his communications with the OCE, Budi expressed his intent to use the radioactive substance to kill his tenant. Budi also instructed the FBI OCE to ship the radioactive substance to an address in Charlotte. The complaint alleges that on May 22, 2018, the OCE advised Budi a package containing the radioactive substance was shipped.
On May 31, 2018, the package containing an inert substitute for the radioactive material ordered by Budi was delivered to an address in Charlotte as instructed by Budi.
On June 1, at approximately 11:15 p.m., Budi was arrested.