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Man faces federal charge in murder-for-hire plot

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Stearns County, Minn., businessman faces a federal charge after being accused of trying to hire someone to kill the fiance of a former mistress.

Robert Schueller, 29, was charged Friday with the use of interstate commerce facilities to commission the killing, according the Star Tribune.

According to court documents, Schueller asked one of his employees to help orchestrate the slaying, and in doing so made phone calls and sent text messages and a $10,000 payment to a person in Wisconsin.

Schueller’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the newspaper. A message left Saturday at his business was not immediately returned.

According to an affidavit filed in court, Schueller had a three-month affair with a woman while he was married to another woman. All three worked at Nomad Pipeline Services, Schueller’s family-owned business. The company is based in Minnesota but does work around the country.

The mistress ended the relationship in August 2013 and began a relationship with another man. Schueller learned of the relationship in November 2013 and contacted the woman repeatedly over several months, unsuccessfully attempting to reunite.

On Feb. 6, Schueller was on a cruise when he called another employee, asking for help hiring a hit man to kill the woman’s fiance, according to court records.

The employee, who lives in Chicago, had multiple felony convictions, and authorities said Schueller believed that one of the man’s prison connections could carry out the killing, records said.

Authorities said that in March, Schueller had one of his employees in Minnesota drive to Wisconsin to deliver a package to the employee. It contained $10,000 in cash to pay the hit man, as well as two of Schueller’s business cards taped together, according to court documents. The fiance’s name was handwritten on the back of one of the cards, along with his workplace information.

On May 2, the Chicago man called Schueller and said he wouldn’t be able to find a hit man after all.

Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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