A policewoman accused of hiring a hitman to murder her husband and her boyfriend's teenage daughter has admitted interfering with an investigation into the plot, a court has heard.
Valerie Cincinelli, 36, allegedly offered to pay $7,000 (£5060) to kill estranged husband Isaiah Carvalho and boyfriend John DiRubba's daughter, who has not been named.
Prosecutors added that she also became jealous of DiRubba’s daughter due to the time she spent with her dad and the expensive gifts he bought for her.
A court was told how the former New York Police Department (NYPD) officer had become incensed about having to share her pension with Carvalho as part of their divorce settlement after their four-year marriage ended in 2018.
After allegedly hatching the plot in February 2019 – a month after her husband filed for divorce – with DiRubba, her boyfriend initially agreed to find a hitman.
But he later changed his mind and reported the plan to police.
Cincinelli was recorded discussing the plot with DiRubba, who was instructed to wear a wire.
During one of their recorded conversations, Cincinelli, who had been a police officer for 12 years, allegedly said her husband should be killed close to where he works in Holtsville, New York.
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“It would not look suspicious because the murder would take place in ‘the hood,’ or ‘the ghetto,’” she is accused of saying.
Discussing the teen's murder, Cincinelli allegedly says the hitman should “run her the f*** over, how about that?’”
As part of an elaborate FBI sting in May 2019, officers faked Carvalho’s death, including taking photographs of the bogus crime sceme, and informed Cincinelli at her home.
Soon after, Cincinelli allegedly called her boyfriend to work out their alibis and told him to delete text messages between the pair.
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But the FBI intercepted the calls and she was arrested the same day.
James Kousouros, defending, told the court Cincinelli gave her lover the money to buy gold coins – not a hitman.
After her arrest, Cincinelli was suspended by the NYPD and later sacked.
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She denied two charges of murder-for-hire, but pleaded guilty to the obstruction of justice in relation to the investigation into the alleged plot.
As part of her plea deal, prosecutors agreed to drop the more serious murder charges, each of which carried up to 10-year prison terms. Instead, Cincinelli faces up to 57 months behind bars after her guilty plea.
US District Judge Sandra Feuerstein refused the defendant's request for bond after she was arrested, saying she showed a “lack of impulse control and remorse.”
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