Female cop orders hit on her husband, teen
A New York police officer charged with trying to arrange a hit on her estranged husband met him through a fellow officer - the target's stepfather.
Detective Roach, who is married to Carvalho's mother, didn't deny setting up the ill-fated romance, but reportedly told the New York Post, "I'm just glad my son is safe.
"This is a surprise to all of us," he said. "The family is still trying to wrap their head around it … It feels like a bad dream."
Detective Roach said "it was a shock to all of us when we were notified by the FBI on Friday," the same day the authorities nabbed Cincinelli on a murder-for-hire charge that rocked the New York Police Department.
He wouldn't say where Mr Carvalho - who has a five-year-old son with Cincinelli - was staying.
Actor Vincent Pastore - who played gangster Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero on classic drama The Sopranos - declined to comment on a report that he and late co-star Tony Lip were friends of Cincinelli's boyfriend, John DiRubba, whom sources have identified as the informant who told the FBI of his girlfriend's plans.
"No, I don't want to talk about it," Pastore said.
Cincinelli - whom Mr Carvalho sued for divorce last year - allegedly gave Mr DiRubba $US7000 ($A10,000) in February to hire a hitman to kill both her estranged husband and DiRubba's 15-year-old daughter.
But Mr DiRubba - who's referred to in court papers as an unidentified "confidential source" - secretly went to the FBI and provided evidence by recording his meetings with her and letting authorities tap his phone.
According to the Daily Mail, Cincinelli told Mr DiRubba to tell the hitman to "run her (his daughter) the f**k over" to make the girl's death appear to be a hit-and-run.
Mr DiRubba strung Cincinelli along as the FBI gathered information, telling her that he was in contact with a hitman and the plot was moving forward.
He told Cincinelli that the supposed hitman was stalking Carvalho at his New York workplace, but she protested and said he should be killed in "the hood" or "the ghetto" so "it would not look suspicious".
Worried that two deaths close together would raise suspicion, Cincinelli advised her boyfriend "to have the hitman kill [the teenager] over the weekend and then wait a week or a month to kill" her husband, court documents said.
The investigation came to a head when a detective who was working with the FBI came to Cincinelli's home and told her - falsely - that her husband had been found dead.
Cincinelli sobbed during the notification - but hidden devices recorded her response after the detective left her home.
She quickly began discussing her "alibi" with the boyfriend, according to the court papers.
The boyfriend also showed her text messages between himself and an undercover federal agent posing as the hitman, one of which included a staged photo of Carvalho appearing dead in his car, court papers say.
Soon after, a task force of FBI agents and NYPD Internal Affairs officers swooped in and arrested Cincinelli.
Cinicinelli's father, however, has jumped to his daughter's defence insisting the allegations against her are 'bulls***'.
"They were married, they have a kid together and then they got divorced. There is no way on the planet my daughter would have someone try to murder him. That's nonsense!" he told the New York Post.
Prosecutors didn't disclose a motive for Cincinelli's alleged plot, but a source familiar with the case has said she wanted the girl killed because she was "in the way."
Cincinelli, 34, launched an affair with DiRubba, 54, after meeting him on the job working as a domestic-violence officer, sources have said, and court papers say they have a "volatile history."
She was suspended in 2017 following a dispute that led DiRubba to tell the Internal Affairs Bureau that she spent time at his home while on the job, sources have said.
Court papers say she's also been brought up on departmental charges of sharing "confidential information" with him.
Cincinelli is being held without bail.
This story was originally published in The New York Post and is reprinted with permission.