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Rival Doctor: Cardiologist Charged in Alleged Murder-for-Hire Plot

By    |   Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 06:28 PM

A top New York cardiologist plotted to kill a rival doctor and burn down his practice, attempting to hire a hit man to assault the doctor for $5,000 and to kill him for $20,000, according to law enforcement.

Dr. Anthony J. Moschetto, 54, a Long Island cardiologist, was arrested Tuesday and has been charged in a murder-for-hire plot that targeted a rival in an attempt to steal his business, and also with numerous additional crimes, including criminal sale of a controlled substance, arson, and criminal solicitation, a release from the Nassau (New York) District Attorney’s Office said.

An undercover agent investigating the sale of Oxycodone pills discovered the murder-for-hire scheme in which Moschetto was allegedly involved, the release said.

“What started as a routine investigation into the sale of prescription drugs revealed itself to be an even graver and more complex case with very serious allegations involving arson, assault weapons, and even a murder plot,” Acting District Attorney Madeline Singas said in a release. “Doctors are supposed to ensure the health and wellbeing of people, but Dr. Moschetto is alleged to have replaced that responsibility with brazen, callous and criminal acts.”

“Dr. Moschetto is a new breed of drug trafficker; one who sells blank prescription pads, assault weapons; plots attempted murders, commits arson and distributes diverted prescription pain pills out of his medical office,” DEA Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt said in the release.

The four-month investigation uncovered a link between Moschetto and a Feb. 25 arson fire that damaged the office of Moschetto’s rival and potential murder victim, who has not been named.

The bad blood between Moschetto and a rival doctor apparently began when Moschetto worked for the man, and the two got in an argument about Moschetto “prescribing large amounts of oxycodone,” sources told Newsday.

When police arrested Moschetto on Tuesday at his home, they discovered almost 100 weapons on the property, including assault weapons with illegal magazines and a hand grenade, Newsday said.

At the Wednesday arraignment, Moschetto pleaded not guilty and was released on a $2 million bond.

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