A New York City police officer from Long Island accused in a murder-for-hire scheme pleaded not guilty to the charges on Friday, May 31.
Valerie Cincinelli entered her not guilty plea for three charges including two counts of murder for hire and one count of obstruction of justice at the federal courthouse in Central Islip in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Gary Brown, said John Marzulli, public information officer for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.
Cincinelli, 34, of Oceanside, was arrested on On Friday, May 17, for allegedly hiring a hitman to kill her husband, Isaiah Carvalho Jr., and the daughter of her boyfriend, who she said "got in the way," of things, according to a criminal complaint filed in court.
The mother of two, who has been held without bond, was weeping as she entered her plea. The judge continued her without bond status.
She allegedly began planning the murders in February with her boyfriend, who has been identified as John DiRubba.
But, Dirubba, reportedly angry that Cincinelli wanted to involve his daughter, went straight to the FBI and began working with them as a confidential source, by recording his phone calls and wearing a recording device when with Cincinelli, the court documents said.
According to court documents, on Monday, May 13, afternoon, DiRubba told her that the hitman was at her estranged husband’s place of work on Long Island, but she said he should be killed in “the hood” or “the ghetto” so “it would not look suspicious."
On Friday, May 17, a Suffolk County detective who was working with the FBI went to Cincinelli’s home in Oceanside and told her that her husband, was dead.
The boyfriend then showed her a fake text message from the "hitman," that included a staged photo of her estranged husband "appearing dead in his car," the court documents said.
She was arrested shortly after.
Cincinelli joined the force in 2007, working in the 106th Precinct in Queens, before being put on modified assignment in 2017 due to a domestic incident, an NYPD spokesman said.
When arrested, Cincinelli was working with the Viper unit, which monitors surveillance cameras at city public housing areas.
If convicted, the maximum prison sentence for murder for hire is 10 years; 20 years for obstruction of justice, Marzulli said.
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