Inside NYPD Officer's Murder-For-Hire Plot Against Ex-Husband, Female Child

An NYPD officer has been arrested and charged in a murder-for-hire plot against her ex-husband and an unidentified female child.

Valerie Cincinelli, 34, attempted to engage a hitman to murder her ex-husband, from whom she is estranged, at his place of work in upstate New York, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court on Friday (see document at bottom of story).

Prosecutors say Cincinelli separately planned for the same hitman to track down a child at her school in New Jersey and “[r]un her the f*** over.”

Federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of New York conducted a series of undercover operations over the course of several months with the FBI in order to unravel Cincinelli's alleged plot. According to the complaint, a confidential FBI informant was approached by Cincinelli earlier this year with a request that the informant hire a hitman to murder both Cincinelli's ex-husband and the informant's own minor daughter.

In February, the informant, working with the FBI, says he told Cincinelli that a hitman could be arranged for $7,000, at which point she withdrew the cash from a TD Bank and provided it to the informant.

Over the next few months, Cincinelli and the informant, whose identity remains protected by law enforcement, allegedly discussed at length and in great detail how the murders should be carried out, when the murders should occur so as to avoid suspicion and what their respective alibis would be if the police ever questioned them.

“Okay, so [the girl] leaves school. You said he knows exactly where she lives, right? … So what's the problem,” Cincinelli is said to have asked the informant, who was using a recording device at the behest of law enforcement, during a May 13 conversation.

When making plans with the informant to arrange for the ex-husband's murder, prosecutors say Cincinelli discussed having it take place at his place of work, where suspicion would be minimal due to its proximity to “the ghetto.”

At some point, the fictional hitman, through the informant, demanded an additional $3,000, and Cincinelli inquired further as to how the hitman planned to carry out the murders. To help identify the girl's location, Cincinelli allegedly instructed the informant to call different New Jersey schools on speakerphone and ask, using the girl's name, if she had shown up for class that day. She further scanned the girl's social media accounts in order to identify her location.

On Friday, at around ten in the morning, Cincinelli received a phone call. It was the Suffolk County Police Department calling to inform her that her ex-husband had died. FBI agents had instructed Suffolk County authorities to deliver the news of the ex-husband's fictitious death in order to see how she would react.

A half-hour later, the FBI texted the informant fake crime-scene photos of the murder which were shown to Cincinelli. She then told the informant that they needed to delete the photographs and text messages from their phones.

The alleged ruse was put to an end when prosecutors collected what they believed was enough evidence of intent and forethought to charge Cincinelli with conspiracy.

Cincinelli joined the NYPD in 2007 and was most recently assigned to the NYPD's VIPER unit in Queens, which monitors closed-circuit footage of public housing complexes. She is currently suspended without pay pending the outcome of the trial, where she could face up to ten years in prison if convicted.

The FBI could not be reached for comment.