NYPD officer arrested for trying to hire a hitman to kill her ex-husband, officials said


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By Jonathan Dienst and Drew Wilder

A New York City police officer was arrested on Friday for allegedly trying to hire a hitman to kill her ex-husband and a child, police and prosecutors said.

The FBI and NYPD internal affairs officers took Cincinelli into custody and later appeared in front of a federal judge in Central Islip, New York.

She was ordered held without bail.

Cincinelli was trying to get her current boyfriend to hire a hitman to kill her ex-husband, a police official told NBC New York. But in court, the government said Cincinelli had two targets in mind — an adult male and juvenile female, who prosecutors did not identify.

An FBI agent posed as a potential hitman for hire after a confidential source reported Cincinelli’s plot to the agency, according to a detention memo.

Cincinelli then gave $7,000 in gold coins to the confidential informant as payment for the murder arrangement. The source recorded a conversation with Cincinelli in which she discussed what her alibi would be when police questioned her over her former husband’s death, the memo stated.

Cincinelli has two children, aged 5 and 10.

And in a dramatic twist to an otherwise routine pre-trial hearing, Magistrate Judge Anne Y. Shields granted a prosecution request to get Cincinelli’s help to unlock her own cell phone using facial recognition.

The government claimed most of the crime’s planning took place in calls and text messages made on Cincinelli’s phone.

Prosecutors placed the phone in front of Cincinelli’s face twice, but it did not unlock.

Valerie CincinelliNYPD 106th Precinct / via Twitter

Cincinelli works out of the 106th Precinct in the borough of Queens, which serves the neighborhoods of Ozone Park, South Ozone Park, Lindenwood, Howard Beach, and Old Howard Beach.

Cincinelli was honored as the precinct’s officer of the month, according to a tweet by the 106th Precinct on June 1, 2017.

She had been on modified duty since 2017 for a previous unrelated domestic incident, the police official said.

David K. Li contributed.

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