A former NYPD officer who is embroiled in the ticket-fixing scandal, and his wife, have been accused of plotting to kill a witness who is planning to testify against him. Former officer Jose Ramos, a 17-year veteran, and his wife Wanda Abreu allegedly made arrangements to hire a hit man to whack the unidentified witness, who is prepared to testify against Ramos in a separate drug case. “They need him. Without him they have no case,” Ramos allegedly told his wife in Rikers phone conversations that were recorded.

Ramos and Abreu were both arraigned in Bronx Supreme Court on one count each of conspiracy to commit murder today. According to Bronx prosecutor Omer Wiczyk, the two borrowed money from Ramos’ NYPD pension to pay for the hit. Ramos allegedly was heard on tape encouraging his wife to pull the trigger on the deal: “Go ahead—do it! But do it right away.” Their target was a confidential informant who spent time in Who’s First Barber Shop II, on East 149th Street in the Bronx, the barbershop Ramos and his family owned (and Ramos worked at for many years).

Ramos is the NYPD officer whose chatter with drug dealers on tapped phone lines instigated the department's massive ticket-fixing probe. He has been charged with making a heroin buy and delivery while on duty, in uniform and driving a squad car. He is also accused of ripping off $50,000 from a police undercover posing as a drug dealer and revealing the identity of a confidential informant. Ramos ALSO is accused of taking flat-screen TVs in exchange for fixing tickets, and is one of 16 NYPD employees who were indicted last year in the Bronx DA's ticket-fixing case. Although that last one might have just been a "professional courtesy."