A New York police officer has been suspended without pay and charged with use of interstate commerce for murder for hire.
The cop in question, Valerie Cincinelli, reportedly asked her boyfriend to hire a hitman to kill her estranged husband and his own daughter. Instead, the boyfriend told the FBI about her plans.
The New York Times reports, Cincinelli was a cop for 12 years and worked in the domestic violence unit of the 106th precinct. She and her soon-to-be ex, Isaiah Carvalho Jr., were married for four years. However, in January, Carvalho filed for divorce which led to a custody battle, that seemingly came to halt months prior to their case going to court.
What 32-year-old Carvalho didn’t know was by February, his estranged wife had been plotting to kill him and her boyfriend’s school-age daughter.
The botched murder-for-hire plot was supposed to look like Carvalho’s death was caused by a robbery gone awry, and the girl’s death look like an accident after suggesting the killer run over her with a car near her school.
On Feb, 18, Cincinelli withdrew $7,000. That same day, her boyfriend withdrew $6,935 in gold coins. The two discussed the plot extensively and according to reports Cincinelli used social media to track the child. On May 13, Cincinelli met with her boyfriend to discuss the two potential murders unaware that he was wearing a wire.
“It’s your worst nightmare scenario,” said Matthew Weiss, Mr. Carvalho’s lawyer.
Local cops reportedly went to great lengths to convince Cincinelli the murders took place and appeared at her home to inform her they were investing it. Immediately afterward, she texted her boyfriend to ensure their alibis were aligned and instructed him to delete the thread.
Later that day she was taken into police custody and charged.