Cardiologist pleads guilty in hit plot on another doctor

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) " Prosecutors say a New York cardiologist has pleaded guilty to conspiring to have another doctor attacked following a professional dispute.

Nassau County prosecutors say Dr. Anthony Moschetto (muh-SHEH'-toh) offered an undercover officer $5,000 to have the man beaten and $20,000 to have him killed.

Moschetto was recorded on video giving the officer $500 and blank prescriptions as a deposit.

When investigators searched Moschetto's mansion in Sands Point, they found a cache of weapons hidden behind a motorized bookcase.

Prosecutors say Moschetto also hired an intermediary to set the other doctor's office on fire.

Moschetto pleaded guilty Tuesday to weapons charges, criminal sale of a prescription, arson and conspiracy to commit an assault.

His attorney declined to comment.

Two other men were also charged. One pleaded guilty. The other was acquitted.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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