Alleged ticket-fixing cop accused of plotting murder

Jose Ramos

July 13, 2012 7:48:04 AM PDT
New charges, including conspiracy to commit murder, have been filed against the NYPD officer accused in a ticket-fixing scandal.

Officer Jose Ramos and his wife, Wanda Abreu, are accused of plotting to kill a key witness in a separate narcotics case by hiring a hit man, according to the Bronx's District Attorney's Office.

Ramos, 43, and Abreu, 39, are charged with conspiracy to commit murder and related charges, the most serious of which is punishable by a maximum sentence of up to 25 years imprisonment if convicted.

Bail for Abreu was set at $100,000 cash or $500,000 bond.

The judge was told that in addition to allegedly attempting to have a witness killed, Ramos and Abreu also tried to persuade another witness to lie, and had planned to set up an alibi by arranging to be out of state in Texas when the "hit" was carried out.

They allegedly tried to arrange the contract killing through face to face meetings and telephone calls, some of which were recorded at a detention facility on Rikers Island, where Ramos is awaiting trial.

Ramos was arrested last October as part of a ticket-fixing investigation, which started after police began investigating Ramos in a narotics case.

Ramos has been charged with numerous offenses in six other indictments, the most serious of which stemmed from NYPD sting operations in which he allegedly attempted to transport large quantities of heroin from the Bronx to Brooklyn, steal money from purported drug dealers, and commit a robbery while on duty.

Wanda Abreu was also charged with Ramos in one of those indictments for allegedly filing a fraudulent insurance claim. Until these new charges were filed, Abreu had been released on her own recognizance.


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