Female NYPD officer accused of seeking hitman to murder ex-husband, boyfriend's daughter

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Saturday, May 18, 2019
Female NYPD officer accused of seeking hitman to murder ex-husband, boyfriend's daughter
NJ Burkett has more from Central Islip.

CENTRAL ISLIP, Long Island (WABC) -- A 34-year-old female NYPD officer is under arrest, accused of asking her boyfriend to help her find a hitman to murder her ex-husband and the boyfriend's daughter, a law enforcement source told ABC News.

Officer Valerie Cincinelli, of Oceanside, Long Island, is charged with conspiracy to commit murder was ordered held without bail in court in Central Islip.

According to the criminal complaint, the FBI was tipped to Cincinelli's plan to hire a hitman by the boyfriend, whom she approached in February to do the job.

She had requested that her boyfriend hire a hitman to murder her estranged husband and the boyfriend's daughter, who is identified in court records as Jane Doe.

The boyfriend, according to the criminal complaint, told Cincinelli he knew someone who would to it for $7,000 that was meant to be converted for payment into gold coins.

The murders were supposed to have been carried out last weekend.

According to court records, police went to Cincinelli's home Friday morning around 10 a.m. to notify her that her estranged husband had been murdered -- but it was all part of an FBI ruse.

After the detective left, she immediately began talking about an alibi with her boyfriend. At 10:48, an FBI agent posing as the hitman sent Cincinelli a text message. It included a photo supposedly of the dead estranged husband and an instruction to send an additional $3,000 to kill the boyfriend's daughter.

Cincinelli was assigned to the "Video Interactive Patrol Enhanced Response," or VIPER, unit, whose members monitor security cameras at city housing projects. The unit is largely made up of officers on modified duty due to other infractions, and authorities say Cincinelli had prior domestic incidents involving the boyfriend and ex-husband that led to her being assigned there.

Before that, she was assigned to the 106th Precinct in Queens.

The 12-year veteran has been suspended without pay, and the FBI and NYPD Internal Affairs are involved in the investigation.

Attorney Matt Weiss, who represents Cincinelli's estranged husband said the couple is in the process of a divorce that was due in court June 12.

"He found out today, just like everyone else," Weiss said. "All things considered, he sounds OK."

Weiss said his client is grateful to law enforcement for their efforts.


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