Federal authorities say a man from Newark has been indicted for his role in a murder-for-hire scheme to kill a young girl.

U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger says 57-year-old Armando Conceicao is charged in a two-count indictment with,

  • Conspiracy to commit murder for hire
  • Causing another to travel interstate or using interstate facilities with intent that a murder for hire be committed.

According to officials,

In May 2021, Conceicao communicated with another individual for the purposes of killing or locating another person to kill the victim. Conceicao met with this individual around that time and provided [the] victim’s address in Texas, a photograph of the victim, and a quantity of cash so that [the] individual could conduct reconnaissance at the victim’s residence. The individual drove from New Jersey to Texas and photographed the victim’s residence, a car belonging to the victim’s father, and [the] surrounding area. Conceicao instructed [the] individual to proceed with the scheme to murder the victim.

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Sellinger's office did not indicate the age of the girl nor did they provide any details as to why the child was being targeted.

The murder-for-hire charge is punishable by up to a decade in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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