Stamford man charged in murder for hire scheme

BRIDGEPRT, Conn. (WTNH) — Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Daniel J. Kumor, Special Agent in Charge of the ATF Boston Field Division, today announced that a federal grand jury in Bridgeport returned an indictment today charging 29-year-old Larry Talledo-Torrejon, a citizen of Peru last residing in Stamford, with orchestrating a murder for hire scheme.

According to allegations contained in the indictment and a previously-filed criminal complaint, in early Dec. 2015, Talledo-Torrejon, as part of a contract to purchase a restaurant in Stamford for $300,000, provided the seller of the restaurant with $150,000 in cashier checks and an additional $150,000 in checks drawn on bank accounts with insufficient funds.  On Dec. 5, Talledo-Torrejon directed an individual who owed him $5,000 to follow the manager of the restaurant (“G.R.”) to his home in New York and to murder him.  In exchange for doing so, Talledo-Torrejon agreed to forgive the $5,000 debt and to pay the individual an additional $5,000 in cash. The individual subsequently contacted law enforcement, and also contacted Talledo-Torrejon to let him know that he had kidnapped G.R. and was holding him.

It is further alleged that on Dec. 7, 2015, Talledo-Torrejon provided the individual with a manila folder containing two copies of a receipt that falsely stated that Talledo-Torrejon had provided G.R. with $150,000. Talledo-Torrejon directed the individual to provide the receipts to G.R., coerce G.R. into signing them, and then kill him. Talledo-Torrejon told the individual that his pre-existing debt had been cancelled, and also suggested that they could start a business kidnapping and extorting money from persons.

It is also alleged that on December 8, Talledo-Torrejon made a complaint with the Stamford Police Department falsely claiming that G.R. had stolen $150,000 that Talledo-Torrejon had provided G.R. to complete the purchase of the restaurant.

Talledo-Torrejon was arrested on Dec. 8 after the individual provided him with the receipts signed by G.R., and Talledo-Torrejon provided the individual with $500 in partial payment for the murder.

Talledo-Torrejon has been detained since his arrest.

The charge of murder for hire carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.

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