This week, a former NYPD officer embroiled in the ongoing ticket-fixing scandal was accused of plotting to kill a witness who is planning to testify against him. Former officer Jose Ramos, a 17-year veteran, 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. Ramos' wife Wanda Abreu was also indicted for the murder plot, but she sounds like she's planning her escape route. The Post asked her yesterday in jail whether she still loved her husband, and she responded, “I love my kids, and I miss them...Talk to my lawyer” And when her lawyer was asked if she would stick by her husband through the legal case, he replied, “I cannot answer that.”
Both have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder. 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).
Abreu’s lawyer, Sandra Marte, said her client “maintains her innocence. We’re still trying to figure it all out. There were many conclusions made by the district attorney versus reality and facts." Ramos has been in jail since last October because of the ticket-fixing scandal—his chatter with drug dealers on tapped phone lines instigated the department's massive ticket-fixing probe in the first place. Rikers corrections officers said Abreu had shown up at the jail “once or twice a week”
Ramos is also 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. On top of all that, Ramos has been charged with making a heroin buy and delivery while on duty, in uniform and driving a squad car, AND of ripping off $50,000 from a police undercover posing as a drug dealer and revealing the identity of a confidential informant.