A Colorado dentist is accused of slowly poisoning his wife to death because he was on the brink of professional and personal ruin caused by bad investments in worthless cryptocurrencies, it was reported.
Jim Craig, 45, is charged with first degree murder for allegedly poisoning wife Angela, 43, mother to his six children, by putting potassium cyanide into her protein smoothies.
It is now revealed he did that to start a new life with his mistress.
He was mired in more than $2million of personal debt while his ‘successful’ dental practice was hemorrhaging money to the tune of roughly $120,000 a month.
Craig filed for both personal and professional bankruptcy in 2020. His personal case wrapped up last July.
Craig’s personal bankruptcy case wrapped up in July while his business’ Chapter 11 filing was nearing completion with a final report issued March 1 – five days before Angela first became ill from a pre-workout shake he allegedly prepared for her at their Aurora, Colorado, home.
In 2019, Craig transferred nearly $1.3 million in xtroptions gold to his floundering practice, but the cryptocurrency lost more than $300,000 in value before the year was out.
The coin’s value has continued to plummet.Craig allegedly got roped into another ill-advised get-rich-scheme in 2019, according to the DailyMail.
A federal criminal complaint against James Wolfgramm filed in Utah in January 2022 lists J.C. as a victim who was fleeced out of more than $600,000.
The DailyMail identified the complainant as James Craig, who purchased three Bitex crypto mining machines from Wolfgramm for $674,998, which he thought would earn him $40,000 a month.
But Wolfgramm never sent Craig the high-powered computers, the complaint says.
It was Craig’s desire to be with his orthodontist mistress that allegedly drove him to murder his wife, according to police.
Fox News Digital is withholding the name of his Austin-based mistress, who is not accused of any wrongdoing. Craig appeared in Arapahoe County District Court Thursday and is due back in court April 7.
Angela’s brother, Mark Pray, told Fox News Digital in a statement the entire family is ‘heartbroken.’
‘She was deeply loved by both the Pray and Craig families, and this is a very difficult time for all of us,’ he said.
‘We thank God for the knowledge that we will be able to be reunited with her someday.’