A 38-year-old Lake Worth man who was sent to New York in October to face a judge for his alleged role in conspiring to kill a federal judge and federal prosecutor is set to plead guilty this month.
Dejvid Mirkovic was arrested in October along with his business partner, Joseph Romano, 49, of Levittown, N.Y. Federal prosecutors say they enlisted the help of hired hitmen — who were really undercover law enforcement officers — to carry out the murder plots.
The Associated Press reports the men wanted to kill U.S. District Judge Joseph Bianco and Eastern District Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Treinis Gatz.
Mirkovic is set to go before U.S. District Judge John F. Keenan March 13 and plead guilty, court records show.
Authorities learned about the alleged plot Aug. 7 when a confidential informant reported that Romano, who was in the Nassau County Correctional Center on Long Island, wanted to “torture and kill” the judge who sentenced him to prison and the assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted his case, the complaint said. Romano asked the informant for help in hiring a hit man.
The undercover officers met with Romano at the correctional center Aug. 21. They also met with Mirkovic at other places in Long Island. Mirkovic, who owns a company called Universal Coin Collections, flew from Florida to New York for the meetings, the complaint said.
Romano wanted to know if one hit man was good enough. He asked him to assault someone with whom he was having a financial dispute. He’d be paid $3,000 — and Romano told him Sept. 10 that once the assault was completed, he’d be hired for “a big job, some serious work,” the complaint said.
Mirkovic was convinced the job got done after he saw photographs of the assault, which was staged, the complaint said. He offered the hit man the double-murder job in exchange for $40,000. That same day he gave him $12,000 as a down payment and another $10,000 on Oct. 2. He promised the hit man $18,000 once he had proof that the murders were done.
Mirkovic told the hitman that Romano was willing to pay extra if they could have the heads of the judge and prosecutor. Their plan was to preserve them in formaldehyde until Romano’s 15-year prison sentence was over.
Authorities back then found the $18,000 in two bundles of cash, along with a loaded semi-automatic handgun, when Mirkovic was arrested. Mirkovic lived on the 7000 block of Via Leonardo near Florida’s Turnpike, records show. A search warrant was executed at Romano’s Levittown home, where authorities found $9,000.
Romano is serving a 15-year sentence after pleading guilty in 2010 to conspiracy charges related to three businesses he ran with his two brothers. The companies sold coin collections with the promise that investors would soon buy the collections from them.
Records show that properties in Ocean Ridge and suburban Lake Worth were forfeited to the government as part of the case.
Staff researcher Niels Heimeriks contributed to this story.