Two men from North Carolina have been arrested on an indictment dated 2012 on charges they carried out a contract killing on a Filipina woman in her home country.
Both men collected a $35,000 shared fee for their part in killing a Filipina women, leaving her for dead on a garbage pile in the Philippines.
Prosecutors in the case identified the woman only as “Victim #1” was shot multiple times in the face before she was dumped on a pile of trash.
“After their contract killing, they allegedly covered their tracks by conspiring to launder the blood-money back to the United States,” said Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara.
Both men were arrested in Roxboro, North Carolina after the United States Drug Enforcement Administration played a part in helping prosecutors find the two.
The two men will appears in federal court in Greensboro, North Carolina on Thursday this week. Each will be charged with conspiracy to kidnap and murder in the Philippines. The men will also be charged with discharging a firearm in a crime of violence and conspiracy to launder and commit murder-for-hire, the two could face life in prison for their crime.
Prosecutors said Samia advertised himself as a “personal protection/security industry” professional who had worked as an “Independent Contractor” for clients in the Philippines, China, Papua New Guinea, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of the Congo. They said he claimed he had training in tactics and weapons, including handguns, shotguns, rifles, sniper rifles and machine guns.
Stillwell’s resume claimed he had training and experience in the field of information technology and had worked at a North Carolina firm that provides firearms training, prosecutors said
Prosecutors in the case say the men agreed to the contract killing in 2011 and in 2012 carried out their killing in exchange for monthly salaries and bonus payments for each victim they killed.
The person who hired the men was not named in the indictment, nor was the reason for the killing.
Surveillance on the men showed they killed the Filipina woman on February 12, 2012. Each man collected their portion of the $35,000 bounty and sent increments home to the US under the $10,000 radar. Both men returned to North Carolina where they have lived ever since.
Prosecutors say they have several emails between the uncharged co-conspirator and Samia, including one that requested $3,000 dollars saying Samia and Stillwell were “just about broke.”
The indictment also shows that in May of 2012, the same co-conspirator told Samia in an email that they did “one sloppy job which could have endangered everyone.”