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Jailed New York Mortgage Fraudster Sentenced For Murder Plot

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - Aaron Hand was doing time on his conviction in a $100 million mortgage fraud, when he hatched a jailhouse plot to murder a witness whose testimony got him locked up.

WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell On The Story

Now, as a result of his guilty plea in that murder conspiracy, he’s been sentenced to 8 to 16 years in prison to be added on to the 8 1/3 to 25 years he got in the mortgage fraud case.

Fortunately for Aaron Hand’s intended victim, the hitman he hired was an undercover investigator who wore a wire and taped Hand as he told him just how to get the gun and how to go about killing the witness.

Hand told his supposed hitman that if the target’s wife and children were home, they’d have to be killed, too.

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