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NYPD Cop Allegedly Tried to Hire Hitman to Kill Estranged Husband, Boyfriend’s Teen Daughter


A New York City police officer is accused of plotting the murder-for-hire of two people very much known to her, according to authorities. Valerie Cincinelli
, 34, of the 106th Precinct in Queens, is being held without bail for allegedly plotting the murders of her current boyfriend’s teenage daughter and her estranged husband, Isaiah Carvalho.

According to court documents filed by prosecutors, Cincinelli asked her boyfriend, Jon DiRubba, to hire a contract killer to murder her intended targets. DiRubba contacted the FBI and cooperated with authorities to reveal Cincinelli’s plan.

Bank records confirmed that she went so far as to withdraw $7,000 in cash, which she allegedly gave to DiRubba as payment for the hitman. The cash was supposedly converted into gold coins.

“Records obtained from a coin dealership in Massapequa Park, New York confirm that, later that same day, [DiRubba] purchased five ounces of gold coins for $6,935,” according to the complaint.

DiRubba agreed to wear a wire and on May 13, authorities recorded Cincinelli explaining that she believed the murders would not draw suspicion as they would not happen simultaneously, and because Carvalho’s death would take place in “the hood” or “ghetto,” according to court documents.

Additionally, from the complaint:

When [DiRubba] expressed concern over the murders of [Carvalho] and [DiRubba’s daughter] happening over the same weekends, Cincinelli told [DiRubba] to have the hitman kill [DiRubba’s daughter] over the weekend and then wait a week or month to kill [Carvalho]. Cincinelli also told [DiRubba] that [DiRubba] should not worry because [Carvalho] would be murdered in one location and [DiRubba’s daughter] would be murdered in a separate location. … Cincinelli stated that [DiRubba’s daughter] was in New Jersey during the week and in New York on the weekends. During the conversation, Cincinelli, using a cellular telephone, checked [DiRubba’s daughter’s] social media to find out where [she] was located. Cincinelli further stated that, if questioned about the murders, she would have nothing to worry about because she would be at home at the time of the murders. Cincinelli also questioned [DiRubba] why [he] could not carry out the murders him/herself.

Authorities said they later convinced Cincinelli that her plan had succeeded, prompting her to provide law enforcement with further incriminating evidence. A Suffolk County detective contacted Cincinelli on Friday morning to inform her that they were investigating the death of Carvalho. Approximately one hour later, FBI agents posing as the hitman sent Cincinelli a text message confirming the deaths along with a photograph of a staged murder scene.

After receiving the text, Cincinelli allegedly contacted DiRubba and attempted to align their stories, telling him to delete any incriminating text messages.

“A police official, requested anonymity to discuss a sensitive internal investigation, confirmed that the department’s Internal Affairs Bureau assisted the F.B.I., but said the department was not contacted until the last stages of the case,” according to the New York Times.

Cincinelli, a 12-year NYPD veteran, has been suspended without pay.

[Image via screengrab from News 12 Long Island]

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Jerry Lambe is a journalist at Law&Crime. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and New York Law School and previously worked in financial securities compliance and Civil Rights employment law.