FBI: Conman hired hitmen to torture, kill judge
|Published: Tuesday, 23 October 2012 09:31|
By John Marzulli
"Romano was willing to pay extra for the 'souvenirs' if (the undercover) was willing to store them until Romano's release from prison," Tariche stated.
The feds also arrested Dejvid Mirkovic, a business associate of Romano's, and charged him with acting as the intermediary with two undercover FBI agents posing as hit men, according to court papers.
Romano had pleaded guilty in 2010 to wire and bank fraud in connection with a boiler room scheme in which victims were pitched collectible coins at vastly inflated prices. There were more than 1,500 victims fleeced out of over $4 million.
Last month the judge signed a $7 million forfeiture order against Romano, of which he still owes the government more than $5 million.
The undercovers met with Romano at the Nassau County jail where Romano proposed the undercovers assault another associate of his for $3,000 as a test, which if successfully carried out, would lead to another "big job, some serious work," according to the complaint.
After Mirkovic was told by the undercovers that the associate had been assaulted — they showed him a staged photo of the attack — he offered them the $40,000 contract on Bianco and Gatz.
The undercovers were paid $12,000 as a down payment toward the double hit.
"Romano thought he was buying revenge," said Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch. "Instead he bought the full force of the law along with a possible life sentence."
Mirkovic, 38, was arrested Tuesday morning in Lake Worth, Florida.
Actual affidavit: http://www.nylj.com/nylawyer/adgifs/decisions/101012warrant.pdf