Spokane doctor accused of trying to hire a hitman on the dark web set to change his plea next week

Spokane Doctor Ronald Ilg faces kidnapping, cyberstalking Charges
Dr. Ronald Ilg

SPOKANE, Wash – A Spokane doctor facing federal kidnapping and cyberstalking charges will not go to trial after all. Ronald Ilg is changing his plea next week.

Court documents show Ilg was set to go to trial on September 19th.

Tuesday, however, the court set a change of plea hearing for August 10th.

Ilg was accused of using the moniker Scar215 on dark web sites to hire someone to hurt two people in Spokane.

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According to charging documents, in April 2020, Scar215 paid “$1,984.45 in Bitcoin to an escrow account for someone from DARK WEBSITE #1 to physically assault VICTIM 1 by breaking her hands.” In later messages, he shared the victim’s name and address and also sent a picture of her.

In late March 2021 and early April 2021, investigators say Scar215 “sought to hire a hitman to physically kidnap, drug and assault victim 2” who court documents say was Ilg’s estranged wife.

“These messages identify VICTIM 2 by name, address, work location, and discuss violent acts against VICTIM 2, her father and her pet dog,” according to court documents.

He was ultimately arrested om April 11, 2021 at the Spokane International Airport, as he returned from a trip to Mexico with his fiance and her children.

According to court documents, he told the FBI that he had used the dark web to “look at porn and then buying steroids.”

He told the FBI that “the hitmen sites intrigued me” and that he was suffering from depression when he contacted hitmen “associated with ‘MS-13’ and the ‘Sandinista cartel’ and transferred Bitcoin into an escrow account.”

Ilg’s attorneys tried to have those statements thrown out, saying the FBI did not properly advise him of his rights.

The night he was questioned by the FBI, court documents say Ilg was allowed to go home.

Prosecutors say he then “took 40 Xanax pills in an attempt to escape the consequences of his actions” and left a suicide note saying “I pray that God forgives me.”

Ilg’s attorneys argued that prosecutors shouldn’t be able to use the suicide attempt as proof of guilt in the case.

They also argued the dark web messages should not be admissible in court.

In July, a judge denied both of those motions and said prosecutors could present them in court.

A few days later, Ilg’s attorney indicated in court that a plea deal could be in the works.

Minutes from that court appearance say “Mr. Oreskovich inquired whether the Court would be available in the near future if the parties reached an agreement.”

This week, the court indicated a hearing has been set for August 10th for Ilg to change his plea.

No other details were listed in that request about a change in charges in exchange for his plea, but the court set the hearing for that date.