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CLIFFVIEW PILOT HAS THE SCOOP: A Lyndhurst woman gave an investigator posing as a hitman $2,000 as the down payment on a contract to shoot her ex-boyfriend’s new love in the head and send her “gone, gone to the moon,” say federal authorities, who arrested her at her Mahwah job soon after.

Route 3 station where cash-filled envelope was delivered (Olive Garden just to the left)
CLIFFVIEW PILOT has obtained a photo of Nicole Faccenda of Lyndhurst, who federal authorities say paid $2,000 down for a contract hit on her ex-boyfriend’s new lover, not knowing that the friend she gave the stuffed envelope to was working for the government. CLICK HERE….

On recordings a federal agent says were made outside the Clifton Red Robin this past Sunday,
Nicole Faccenda says she didn’t want the girlfriend’s children harmed, but if something happened to them, “Well, I’m sorry.”

Faccenda also said she didn’t want her ex-boyfriend dead,

“but he can be shot in the foot,” a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Newark says. She later said she would pay $20,000 — at the girlfriend’s funeral.

Faccenda is recorded saying she wanted to “piss on (the girlfriend’s) grave and … spit on the casket,” the complaint filed by an agent with the federal bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms says.

A federal judge in Newark this afternoon ordered Faccenda, 42,  held pending a bail hearing.

The 1987 graduate of St. Joseph’s High School in West New York had been with her ex for awhile and had a child with him, the complaint says. Three months ago, he ended the relationship and moved in with another woman who has kids of her own.

Faccenda called a friend in Florida on Oct. 19, asking for help finding a hit man to whack her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend, a federal complaint on file in Newark says. She said she was willing to pay $10,000 to $20,000 and “had a black outfit ready for the girl’s funeral,” it says.

The man immediately contacted federal authorities and agreed to help ATF investigators.

Two days later, the contact called Faccenda from New Jersey, saying he’d found someone to do the job, the complaint says. They were supposed to meet at Faccenda’s job in Mahwah the next day, but she changed the location to the A&P nearby, it says.

During a secretly recorded get-together, Faccenda said she had “watched a lot of Lifetime movies and wanted to make sure that the undercover hitman was not a cop.”

The undercover agent then asked her if she was sure, because there would be no turning back, it says. “That’s not even an issue,” she allegedly responded.

Faccenda said she had “thought about this for a long time and has played every scenario through her head how she wants the job done, such as forcing the victim girlfriend’s car off the road, someone just coming up to her and taking her out, or going into the victim-girlfriend’s house with a silencer and taking them all out.

“Faccenda said she could do the job herself but that she doesn’t want to get her hands on anything,” the complaint says.

The ATF says Faccenda gave the undercover agent the woman’s address, job and what time she left for work. She also said the would-be victim “was alone in the house in the morning after her boyfriend goes to work.”

Faccenda told the agent she was concerned about the timing because she had a court date with her ex this week and “it may look fishy” if something happened before then. She also said if the “hitman” wasn’t up to the job, there was “a person in North Carolina she knew who might do the job.”

The complaint says Faccenda was quoted a price of $5,000 up front and another five grand after the deed was done. Her response, it says: “That’s it? 10?”

Facenda then said she is “surrounded by people all the time so she will have an alibi,” according to the agent.

Faccenda and her friend from Florida sat in her car outside the Red Robin restaurant in Clifton this past Sunday night as agents nearby recorded their conversation, the complaint says. She told her friend she would give him, and not the “hitman” an envelope with cash because she didn’t want it traced to her.

Faccenda then arranged a meeting at the Olive Garden in Secaucus, where she’d hand over $2,500 as a down payment on the hit, the complaint says.

At 8:30 Monday night, Faccenda called her friend from the Exxon station next to the restaurant off Route 3, it says. As ATF agents watched, the friend walked over to the service station parking lot and up to Faccenda’s white Infiniti.

Faccenda rolled down the window and handed the man a small manila envelope with $2,000 in cash inside, then sped off, the ATF complaint says. In a phone call the next day, it says, Faccendola said she would produce the remaining $500 when she saw a photograph of the woman dead.

Through the night and into the early morning hours of Tuesday, Faccenda texted her friend, who reminded her that “once the hitman leaves to go do the murder there will be no more communication until the (woman) was dead,” the complaint says.

“Okay,” Faccenda allegedly responded. “Got you.”

Yesterday, her friend called Faccenda at work and told her “the hitman had shot the victim-girlfriend in the head and made it look like a robbery.”

Moments later, ATF agents moved in and arrested her.

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