A New York City police officer from Long Island was arrested Friday for allegedly trying to hire a hit man to kill her ex-husband and her boyfriend’s daughter, federal prosecutors said.
Valerie Cincinelli was ordered held without bail following her initial appearance at Central Islip federal court after authorities argued that she is too dangerous to be released on bail.
“Almost the entire plot was hatched inside of the defendant’s own home, employing her cellphone to assist in the planning, including tracking [the child’s] whereabouts through the use of social media,” prosecutors said in court documents.
The officer allegedly asked an informant to hire a hit man for the two murders in February and the informant tipped off the FBI, which then had an agent pose as the hit man, contacting Cincinelli under the guise of having murdered her ex by texting her a photo of what appeared to be the crime scene, according to investigators.
Cincinelli allegedly paid the informant $7,000 for the pair of murders, but the informant later told her that the “hit man” wanted another $3,000 to go through with it, authorities said. The FBI used wiretaps as a part of the investigation, recording the suspect discussing her alibi with the informant as well as her directions for the alleged hit.
She was recorded saying that her ex’s murder wouldn’t look suspicious if he were killed near his job in Holtsville because it’s in “the ghetto,” according to court documents.
As for the girl, Cincinelli allegedly told the informant: “Run her the f*** over.”
Cincinelli, who has one child with her ex-husband and another child with a different father, had been on modified duty since 2017 for sharing confidential information with the informant, authorities said.
The NYPD reportedly fired her upon her arrest. She faces up to 10 years in prison, if convicted.