NYPD officer arrested for plotting to hire hitman to kill her ex-husband

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May 17, 2019 - 1:32 pm

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) -- An NYPD officer was arrested Friday for plotting to have her ex-husband murdered, officials said.

The arrest was the result of an elaborate sting operation by investigators using a fake photo of his slaying. 

The FBI arrested the officer -- identified as Valerie Cincinelli, 34, by WNBC -- who joined the force in 2007, according to the newspaper. She was put on modified assignment in 2017 for several domestic incidents. 

A criminal complaint accuses her of asking a confidential FBI informant to help her find someone to kill the husband and a minor whose identities weren't made public.

According to court papers, Cincinelli agreed to give the informant $7,000 to hire a hitman. After a local detective went to her Long Island home on Friday to make a phony notification that her husband had been found murdered, the informant recorded her cooking up an alibi, the papers say.

 Later in the morning, ``an FBI agent, posing as the hitman, sent a text message to the (informant) which included a photograph of the defendant's estranged husband appearing dead in his car,'' the papers say. ``In response, Cincinelli instructed the (informant) to delete the text messages and photographs, citing her fear that law enforcement could subpoena the phone.''

Court papers say Cincinelli and her estranged husband had orders of protections against each other, and that she knew the informant from their own ``volatile'' romantic history. Before her arrest, the NYPD had put her on desk duty for breaking various department rules, they add.

Cincinelli worked for the NYPD's Viper Unit, which monitors cameras in public housing.

She has been suspended without pay.

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