NY cardiologist gets 5 years for attempt to kill competitor

Anthony Moschetto, MD, a cardiologist from Long Island, N.Y., was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison and five years of supervision post-release for conspiring to kill a competitor among other charges, according to a report from NBC New York.

The 56-year-old physician faced a 77-count indictment, according to the report. He pleaded guilty in October in a murder-for-hire scheme that involved illegal prescription sales, attempted arson and medieval weaponry.

Dr. Moschetto was arrested in April after offering an undercover police officer $5,000 to have a rival physician assaulted and $20,000 to have him killed. He gave the officer $500 and unwritten prescriptions as a retainer for the hit job. Police began investigating the cardiologist after the Drug Enforcement Agency received a tip that high numbers of oxycodone prescriptions were coming from his office.

Dr. Moschetto was also linked to an attempt to burn down his rival's office, according to the report. When investigators searched his home, they found a collection of Medieval-style weapons and firearms behind a revolving bookcase.

Dr. Moschetto's medical license will also be suspended as part of his sentence, according to the report.


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