Woman Offers Rare Stamps for Hit On Husband: NYPD

Elena Adams is accused of trying to get an undercover cop to kill her husband

Friday, Aug 30, 2013  |  Updated 1:37 PM PDT
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Woman Offers Rare Stamps for Hit on Husband: NYPD

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A Brooklyn woman allegedly used a $60,000 stamp collection in an attempt to pay an undercover cop to kill her husband, police say.

Elena Adams, 57, was arraigned Friday on criminal conspiracy and criminal solicitation charges. Police say she gave a rare stamp collection and jewelry to an undercover NYPD investigator as payment in a plan to kill her husband.

The woman allegedly arranged a meeting Thursday with a person she thought was a hit man, police say. She allegedly told the undercover cop that her husband was hiding money from her and that she was the beneficiary on a life insurance policy he took out when they got married 20 years ago, prosecutors say.

The woman allegedly planned to have her husband killed after they had lunch Sunday at a restaurant in Sheepshead Bay. She wanted her husband to be hit by a car while the couple was crossing the street, police said, so it looked like an accident.

She was arrested Thursday as soon as she got out of the car where she allegedly planned the hit.

Adams, who has no criminal history, was remanded on bond. An order of protection was taken out for her husband.

She is being represented by Marty Lentz with the Legal Aid Society. 

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