Thursday, March 24, 2011
'Hit man for hire' double-crosses NJ wacko
It must have been the first "hit" on her Google search.
Federal authorites say a jealous Jersey City woman turned to a Web site called Hitmanforhire.com to arrange the rubout of a romantic rival, not realizing the hired gun was a down-on-his-luck Las Vegas card dealer masquerading as a Mafioso.
Marissa Mark, 28, used three stolen credit cards and a PayPal account to give "Tony Luciano" a $17,000 deposit for the murder, according to a federal complaint.
In reality, "Luciano" was Essam Ahmed Eid, an Egyptian national living in Sin City and working at the Bellagio, the feds say.
Mark -- who was arrested Tuesday for the 2006 murder plot -- agreed to pay Eid another $20,000 to whack her ex-boyfriend's new gal pal, the feds allege.
Eid showed up at the office of the intended target, Anne Royston, a Los Angeles-area mortgage broker, and confessed that he'd been hired to kill her, authorities said.
Eid then offered to kill Mark if Royston paid the remaining $20,000 on the contract for her life. Royston alerted police and Eid has been charged in California with conspiracy and extortion, according to court documents.
He was convicted of a similar plot in Ireland.