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Martinsburg man indicted in murder-for-hire

October 10, 2003

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was named on Tuesday in a one-count indictment of murder-for-hire, a spokeswoman for United States Attorney Thomas E. Johnston said Thursday.

The indictment alleges Paul Tan, 35, of 16 Thornberry Drive in Martinsburg, used the Internal Revenue Service electronic mail system on Aug. 21 "with the intent that the murder ... be committed in violation of the laws of the state of West Virginia as consideration for the receipt and agreement to pay $1,000 in United States currency," according to a news release from Johnston's office.

If convicted, Tan faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000, the release said.

The case was investigated by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, the release said.

Further information about the allegations was not released.

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