A Massachusetts man was arrested last week for trying to kill his wife, officials said.
Mohammed Chowdhury is accused of trying to hire a hitman numerous times.
He was arrested after unknowingly trying to hire an undercover agent posing as a contract killer.
A Boston man is facing 10 years in prison after he was arrested by federal agents for concocting a plot to kill his wife and her lover, prosecutors said.
The man, identified as 46-year-old Mohammed Chowdhury, was charged with one count of murder-for-hire, the Massachusetts U.S Attorney’s Office said in a January 18 statement.
According to officials, he was detained last week following a meeting with agents where he allegedly gave them a $500 deposit for the job — a down payment for the full $4,000 he negotiated.
An unidentified person told federal authorities that Chowdhury hired someone to murder his wife in exchange for cash, prosecutors said. However, the hitman scammed him, took the money instead, and did not follow through with the plan.
The tipster claimed that Chowdhury requested that the job be executed immediately, and suggested that he would commit a robbery to get the money if necessary, prosecutors alleged.
After obtaining Chowdhury’s contact information, an undercover agent “posing as a contract killer” began a conversation with him about his plan, according to officials.
Chowdhury then met with the undercover agents multiple times in December 2022 and January 2023 to discuss the hit, prosecutors said. During these meetings, he gave them information about his wife and her boyfriend’s whereabouts including their address, job, schedules, and photos.
“It is alleged that during these meetings and communications, Chowdhury explained that his wife wouldn’t let him see his children and that he wanted the undercover agents to rob and beat his wife and her boyfriend so that he would not be a suspect,” the US attorney’s office said.
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