Prosecutors: N.Y. Doctor Accused in Murder-for-Hire Plot Against Rival
A New York cardiologist is accused in a bizarre murder-for-hire plot against a rival doctor.
Prosecutors say 54-year-old Dr. Anthony J. Moschetto hired hit men to kill his former boss after the two had a falling out. First, authorities say Moschetto hired hit men to burn down his rival’s office, but things didn’t go as planned due to a sprinkler system. Then, he allegedly ordered two men to rough up or kill his rival, paying them in money and blank prescription pads.
The two men suspected in the February arson were arrested and charged. But the two “hit men” involved in the alleged murder-for-hire turned out to be an undercover cop and a confidential informant.
Authorities searched Moschetto’s home and found a secret room accessed through a sliding bookshelf. They found 100 weapons throughout the house, including assault weapons, illegal high-capacity magazines, and a hand grenade. Police say Moschetto had enough weapons to equip a small army.
Moschetto was also being investigated by the DEA for the sale of oxycodone.