Podiatrist, GF Tried to Off His Wife: Cops

And allegedly have a couple of insurance agents assaulted
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2016 12:23 PM CDT

Cops say "an exceptional citizen" led to the arrest of a podiatrist and his girlfriend in a murder-for-hire plot to kill the doctor's wife and beat up two insurance investigators, the Journal News reports. Police say father of three Ira Bernstein, 42, of Ramapo, NY, and Kelly Myzner Gribeluk (either 35 or 36, per different sources) were arrested Monday after they allegedly reached out to the person they asked "to cause injury to Bernstein's wife to result in her death," Ramapo Detective Lt. Mark Emma says. "They made an assumption he could help them. He doesn't do those things." Evidence against the couple includes video, audio recordings, money changing hands, tapped phone calls, and Gribeluk's own confession, a prosecutor says. Records indicate Bernstein lost two recent malpractice cases that cost $2 million in judgments.

Gribeluk—who is divorced, also has three children, and sometimes goes by "Heidi Morris," cops say—reportedly knew the supposed hit man. She and Bernstein allegedly wanted him to kill Susan Bernstein, whom he's divorcing, as well as beat up two UnitedHealthcare agents poking around Bernstein's business on fraud suspicions. But the supposed hit man went to the cops instead, and they started their own probe, which included putting makeup on the insurance agents to make it appear they'd been assaulted. When the two saw the pictures of the "injured" agents, they paid their liaison (who described them as lacking emotion), the New York Daily News reports. Bernstein and Gribeluk are each being held on $600,000 bail on felony charges of conspiracy and solicitation. The plot was a "despicable plan to take the life of a wife and mother, essentially for financial gain," the Rockland County DA tells the Journal News. (The Journal News touches on Gribeluk's own child-custody battle.)

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