Elena Adams, 57, Allegedly Orchestrated The Plot To Collect Insurance Money

Updated Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 7:07 p.m.

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Manhattan woman was arrested on Thursday after she allegedly tried to pay to have her husband killed.

She then introduced Adams to an undercover agent from the District Attorney’s office … who agreed to murder Irving Adams

The would-be hit was supposed to go down on Sunday. Instead, Elena Adams, 57, was arrested in Sheepshead Bay after a meeting with an undercover investigator to allegedly discuss the murder of her husband, Irving Adams, CBS 2’s Tracee Carrasco reported.

Police said Adams first sought advice from a friend in Brooklyn.

That friend was so disturbed by the alleged plot Adams was cooking up that she immediately reported it to police, CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown reported.

The Battery Park City woman planned to have lunch with her husband on Sunday near Avenue Z and East 11th Street in Brooklyn, according to police.

The plan was for the couple to cross the street after eating, at which point the hit man would hit Irving with his vehicle and flee the scene, police said. Irving would be killed in the hit-and-run and Elena would be able to collect his accidental death insurance money, according to authorities.

Adams gave the investigator a picture of her husband, jewelry, and a stamp collection valued at $60,000 moments before her arrest, police said.

Adams avoided cameras and questions as she was led out of the 61st Precinct after hours of questioning.

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