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Mortgage Broker Who Paid Undercover Investigator $150 To Kill A Man Really Just A Victim Of Big Misunderstanding

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You know how it is.

The meeting took place at a gas station near Exit 58 of the Long Island Expressway last month. There, the parents of Aaron Hand, a mortgage broker in prison for a fraud scheme, met with an associate of their son and handed over $150. Mr. Hand’s parents and the associate thought Mr. Hand needed the money to bribe a prison guard, prosecutors said, and the associate went to a diner on the Upper East Side and gave the cash to a man he believed to be a friend of the guard. Everybody, it seems, was mistaken. Mr. Hand, prosecutors say, wanted the $150 as a down payment for a killing.

The man in the diner turned out to be an undercover investigator working for the Manhattan district attorney. He had pretended to be a hit man in meetings with Mr. Hand, who wanted someone to kill a witness who had testified against him, prosecutors said. The investigator wore a recording device as Mr. Hand negotiated the details of what he wanted, prosecutors said. He told the investigator, whom he agreed to pay $2,000, to station one man at the front stoop of the target’s house and two in the back of the house, Mr. Moser said. “Rush the back and pop, and pop right through the back door,” Mr. Hand said, according to Mr. Moser. “Boom. Lights are shattered. ... Rush in, boom, boom, boom.”

Mr. Hand’s lawyer, Kevin Michael Canfield, said his client had been the victim of a setup by the Police Department and prosecutors. “Basically, this man was entrapped by the authorities,” Mr. Canfield said. “He never wanted to hurt anyone, to kill anyone.”

Prisoner in Mortgage Fraud Sought Hit Man, Charges Say [NYT via Daily Intel]


What To Do (Or Not Do) Upon Waking Up In A Car "Driving Through A House," Part II

Back in May, we had a frank discussion about drinking with colleagues and/or clients after work. Specifically, how many drinks one should put away in order to have a good time but not cross any unfortunate lines. At the time, we used a young lady named Sophia Anderson as our guide and said that, assuming you have the tolerance of a 21 year-old female and considered being arrested post-Happy Hour for driving your through a stranger's house one of those lines, no more than a dozen beverages should be consumed, with fourteen being the absolute max. Today we have just a quick update, to those for whom it bears mentioning, that if you're going to ignore said guidelines and have that fifteenth cocktail shortly before accepting a ride home from an equally sloshed coworker who confuses someone's front lawn/foyer/kitchen/backyard patio with the road, you should probably not agree to lie to the police and say you were the one driving. Not even if you're secretly in love with him or her; not even if he or she promises to take take you on vacation after all of this blows over; not even if you were passed out the whole ride and a bit disoriented after "[waking] up as the incident occurred and the car drove through the house." The sneaky punk who conned his drunk and coked-up girlfriend into taking the DWI rap for crashing through, and trashing, a Long Island home in his mom’s Mercedes convertible, was finally charged today with the May 28 crash and ordered held without bail. Suffolk DA Tom Spota said Dan Sajewski, 23, tricked Sophia Anderson, 21, into telling cops that she was behind the wheel when he crashed through the Huntington home of a 96-year-old woman – taking a 30-foot tree with him from the front to the back yard. Spota said the incredible demolition derby was the end result of a night of boozing and cocaine snorting at the $1.7 million mansion of Sajewski’s parents in exclusive Lloyd Harbor – when Sajewski and Anderson took a high speed joyride for more beer. ``We know what really happened that day,’’ said Spota at a press conference after the court session. He said the couple, along with three pals, were doing shots of Jack Daniels and snorting coke at Sajewski’s doctor dad’s home until 4 a.m. The crash occurred during a trip for more Heineken beer, while Sajewski was driving, said Spota. He said Anderson was passed out in the passenger seat and ``told us she wakes up as the incident is occurring and they were driving through the house.’’ Spota said Anderson ``was in love with him’’ and agreed to take the rap, after he promised to pay her bail and legal bills – and take her on a vacation. He broke his word and she revealed it was all a lie. The DA said that when an x-ray technician at the hospital told her she could not have been the driver because of her injuries, Anderson told him ``it’s a little too late for that.’’ LI punk held without bail for May 28 crash that destroyed elderly woman's home [NYP via DI] Earlier: Area Drunk Offers Handy How To Guide Re: Not Being Labeled “That Guy (Who Uses The Front Door Of A House As A Garage Door)” At The Office