Boston man tries to have wife and her BF killed by hitman who turned out to be undercover federal agent

Boston man tries to have wife and her BF killed by hitman who turned out to be undercover federal agent
Mohammed Chowdhury allegedly paid the hitman a $500 deposit which then led to his arrest (Representational photo, Steven Puetzer/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS: Prosecutors said on Wednesday that a Boston man offered $8,000 to someone he assumed to be a contract killer, to have his estranged wife and her boyfriend killed. The contract killer, however, turned out to be an undercover US federal agent.

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US Attorney for Massachusetts said, the first hearing for the murder-for-hire charge against Mohammed Chowdhary, 46, the husband, was held on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, pending the Friday detention hearing. An informant first tipped the authorities in November who provided his phone number to law enforcement.

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An undercover agent posing as a contract killer then contacted him, authorities said. Prosecutors alleged that Chowdhury met the undercover agent and agreed to pay $4,000 per killing.

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According to the prosecution, he gave his wife and her boyfriend's pictures, to the agent. Apart from that, Chowdhury also provided their addresses and places of employment, and work schedules. Chowdhury allegedly paid a $500 deposit on Tuesday which then led to his arrest before meeting him on numerous occasions between December 2022 and January 2023.

US Attorney Massachusetts while sharing the news release on Twitter also wrote, "Boston man arrested for engaging in murder-for-hire targeting his wife and her boyfriend."

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To avoid becoming a suspect, Chowdhury instructed the undercover agents to rob and beat his wife and her boyfriend. Supposedly, Chowdhury questioned the agents, “So how we gonna disappear his, uh, body?” and stated, “No evidence. No evidence. No evidence from like, you know, that, uh, I did something, you know?” 

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Chowdhury then told the individual that he needed the “murder done as soon as possible” and that he would “get the money to do so, even by robbing a store if necessary to obtain the funds,” prosecutors said, Boston 25 reported.

Chowdhury was accused of breaking an abuse prevention order that forbade him from harassing, contacting, or approaching his wife in any way in Boston Municipal Court in October 2019. 

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The charging statute calls for a fine of up to $250,000, three years of supervised release, and a maximum prison term of ten years. A federal district court judge will impose sentences in accordance with the laws and U.S. Sentencing Guidelines that control how sentences are determined in criminal cases.

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