Entrepreneur arrested by FBI in Las Vegas, accused of murder-for-hire scheme

July 17, 2023

An entrepreneur was arrested in Las Vegas by the FBI in June over claims that he tried to hire one of his bodyguards to kill a documentary producer. (Courtesy of FBI public affairs specialist Laura Eimiller)A murder-for-hire plot culminated in the arrest of an entrepreneur in Las Vegas after the target was warned of the plans and alerted the authorities, according to the FBI. Khalilian was arrested by the FBI in Las Vegas on June 22, and he is accused of murder-for-hire, according to a criminal complaint provided by the bureau. The complaint said the victim contacted the FBI and reported the murder-for-hire scheme on March 21. The bureau then monitored the bodyguard’s messages with Khalilian, Khalilian’s payments to the bodyguard and recorded their calls.