“The evidence in this case is overwhelming’’.
Those are the words of Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue, according to court documents in the case of a murder-for-hire scheme.
On Friday, a New York City police officer was arrested in connection with a plot that prosecutors say was meant to result in the murder of her ex-husband and her boyfriend’s 15-year-old daughter.
Valerie Cincinelli, 34, of Long Island, was charged with conspiracy to commit murder. She was immediately suspended without pay.
The FBI said they made the bust after the FBI had an agent pose as a hitman and faked the hit on her former spouse, Isaiah Carvalho Jr.
Cincinelli was taken into custody immediately.
The murders were supposed to have been carried out last weekend. Now the FBI and the NYPOD’s Internal Affairs division is coordinating on an investigation into the plot
Prosecutors say the FBI was tipped off by Cincinelli’s boyfriend after she allegedly put his daughter’s name on the hit list. They have not said why she wanted the girl dead.
They say the evidence is overwhelming in part because the boyfriend, whose name hasn’t been released, wore a wire when meeting with her. Court documents show he also let authorities record his phone calls.
Prosecutors say that she took $7,000 from her bank account in February and had her boyfriend convert it to gold coins to pay off the hitman.
But she became concerned in early May about the timing of the killings and changed the timeline.
Prosecutors say she told her boyfriend “to have the hitman kill Jan Doe over the weekend and then wait a week or a month to kill John Doe.”
According to court documents, she said the murder shouldn’t take place in “the hood” or “the ghetto” so it wouldn’t look suspicious.
The once-decorated cop suggested the way in which to murder the daughter:
“Run her the f–k over, how about that.”
Police say that on Friday, they went to her home to tell her that Carvalho had been killed. They say shortly after they left, she called her boyfriend to come up with an alibi.
She then received a text with a photo of a supposedly dead Carvalho with instructions to send $3,000 to kill the girl. That “hitman” who sent it was actually an FBI agent.
According to Carvalho’s attorney, Matt Weiss, the couple is in the middle of a divorce and was due in court June 12.
“He found out today, just like everyone else,” Weiss said of Cincinelli’s arrest. “All things considered, he sounds OK.”
Cincinelli is a 12-year veteran of the force and was assigned to the Video Interactive Patrol Enhanced Response (VIPER) unit, which monitors security cameras in the city’s low-income housing projects.
Prior to joining that unit, she worked in the department’s 106th Precinct in Queens. She was then placed on modified duty in 2017 a series of domestic violence incidents involving the boyfriend and Carvalho.
Cincinelli’s father lives in Virginia. He told the New York Post the allegations against her were “nonsense”. He also said someone she previously dated “made an allegation against her before that she tried to kill him.”
“They were married, they have a kid together and then they got divorced,” he said of his daughter and her ex-husband. “There is no way on the planet my daughter would have someone try to murder him. That’s nonsense!”
Cicinelli, who is being held without bail, faces up to 10 years in prison.