A New York City police officer who allegedly hired a hit man to try and kill her estranged husband and a child was arrested on Friday after she attempted to pay an undercover agent posing as a hitman $7,000 in gold coins.
Isaiah Carvalho Jr.'s says he was shocked when authorities told him his estranged wife had been plotting to kill him for the last few months. The 32-year-old Carvalho had filed for divorce from his wife Valerie Cincinelli five months ago, and despite a messy custody battles, the divorce appeared to be final.
However, instead of a peaceful resolution to their relationship, Carvalho learned that Cincinelli, a 12-year veteran of the NYPD and mother of 2, had enlisted her boyfriend to help her hire someone to kill him and her boyfriend's daughter. But instead of helping, the boyfriend contacted agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
According to court documents, Cincinelli suggested the hitman kill her ex-husband, who sells fireworks, in what looks like a robbery gone bad. The couple discussed the plot repeatedly - conversations that the boyfriend recorded and turned over to the FBI.
"They told me, 'We don't know how to tell you this, but your wife put a hit out on you.' And my first response was, 'Where's my son?'" Carvalho told ABC's 'Good Morning America.' "They told me what they told me … and they're like, 'We need your help. We're gonna need you to do something for us in order to further our investigation.'"
Police then created a scene to make it appear as if the hit man had succeeded in killing Carvalho.
"They ended up taking me to an undisclosed location and had me fake my death and took pictures of it," he added.
Police decorated the scene with glass on the floor and all over his body, while having him hunch over into the passenger seat. At around 10 a.m. on Friday, a Suffolk County detective went to Cincinelli's home to inform her about her estranged husband's death and investigation into his 'murder.'
About an hour later, an undercover FBI agent posing as the hit man sent Cincinelli a text message including a photo of the murder scene about an hour later. The text messages instructed her to send an additional $3,000 to complete the hit on her boyfriend's daughter.
Cincinelli began discussing her alibi with her boyfriend and reportedly told her boyfriend to delete the text messages of their conversation.
Authorities arrested her that afternoon. Cincinelli was charged with conspiracy to commit murder and is currently being held without bail.
Cincinelli's father told ABC News that he believes his daughter is innocent and is being set up by the boyfriend.
"I don't know what happened, but I do know my daughter and I knew this was not true when I first heard it," Louis Cincinelli told ABC News. "She was going out with some wacko pathological liar who had her locked up once before, saying that she pulled a gun on him and threatened to kill him, but then he went to court and said in open court, he recanted it and said he had made it up. Now ... she throws this bum out again and two weeks later this happens."
Cincinelli joined the NYPD in 2007 and worked in the 106th Precinct in Queens as a domestic violence officer until 2017 when she was placed on modified duty. She was reassigned to a unit that monitors surveillance feeds in public housing developments and was no longer permitted to carry a gun.