Listen: Leonid Tape, Murder And Russia discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"The way matters show. We at nine eastern on MSNBC for a few weeks. Now, all the local headlines have described it as a murder for hire case. And in part, it is that is one very very serious part of this case, here's prosecutors in the eastern district of North Carolina spelled out that part of the case in just one of the criminal complaints that has been filed in association with it. They say quote while living in the United States, linen tape employed. A live in housekeeper who came from Russia, the housekeeper her husband and their son all resided with the tapes at some point the couple's employment ended and they moved out of the tape residents. Likewise, their son left as well. However in February of twenty eighteen Leonid tape told confidential human source number one that taste believed. His wife had been involved in a romantic relationship with the housekeeper son. Taste wanted. Additional proof of the cheating tape. I told the confidential human source that he wanted to pay someone to get the housekeeper son talking then overdose him on drugs, quote at another point tape told the confidential human source that he wanted the housekeeper son to be kidnapped taken into the woods forced to admit to having sex with tapes wife forced to admit that on video, and then he should be killed. Tape told confidential human source number one that he had hired a private investigator to help obtain information regarding the whereabouts of the housekeeper's son, ultimately that private investigator would himself later be arrested and charged with multiple felonies in conjunction with this case. But the purported hitman that this guy allegedly hired apparently to kill the housekeeper son that hitman ended up being a bad choice for that particular job because the alleged hitman is also described in court documents around this case as a confidential source who was working with the FBI, according to prosecutors this past summer, this guy Leonid tape arranged for this would be hitman a confidential source or the FBI arranged for him to pick up a forty caliber pistol wrapped in plastic tape under a Bush next to the auto wash express car wash on six forks road in Raleigh, North Carolina. Anna the gun was left there for the would be hitman to pick it up and that gun that was left there under that Bush at the car wash it also according to prosecutors had it serial number filed off presumably to make it more difficult to trace that gun after it had been used to kill the housekeeper son. Who this guy thought was scoping his wife? Prosecutors say in addition to providing the would be hitman with the gun with the obliterated serial number. He also allegedly paid the would be hitman twenty five thousand dollars to carry out the murder. Now paying the hitman twenty five thousand dollars to kill the guy using the illegal gun that was apparently only one of the alleged criminal schemes this guy pursued prosecutors say he also paid a ten thousand dollar bribe to someone who worked at the department of homeland security because he believed that ten thousand dollar bribe could get this kid deported back to Russia quote tape, explained to confidential human source one that if the housekeeper son was back in Russia. He would be quote buried already. So it's actually really two different murder-for-hire plots. Right. He apparently thought that bribing someone from the homeland security department to get the kid deported to Russia would be as good as murdering him because the kid would be killed once he had landed in Russia. According to prosecutors. It was only when that plot was taking too long the guy that the guy decided he would go the more direct route and just pay a hitman to shoot the kid. Housekeeper sun though survived. Turns out both the hitman and the bribed homeland security employees were working for the FBI. And Leonid taped the defendant in this case has been arrested and denied bond. He's being held in custody in North Carolina. But what makes this just what makes this a story of national interest now and not just a particularly lurid crime saga from the Carolinas. Is that apparently the FBI and federal prosecutors only stumbled upon this murder for hire murder murder by deportation. Bribery case they only stumbled upon this by accident because what they were looking at this Leonid taste guy for in the first place. Was a gigantic, money laundering and theft case. And I mean gigantic this looks like a government building.."