A New Jersey man had planned out his uncle’s murder perfectly — that was until he hired an undercover police officer as a hit man.
Georgios Spyropoulos, 45, was arrested after planning to kill his uncle, 57-year-old Alexandros Sgourdos, for allegedly taking too much of the profits from two diners they manage together.
Spyropoulos manages Tick Tock diner in Clifton, New Jersey, and felt he wasn’t getting enough pay for his work. So, naturally, he made a deal to spend $20,000 on a hit man to kill his uncle and get rid of the body. The uncle manages the second diner in Manhattan, and according to police, Spyropoulous believe his uncle was being too controlling over his New Jersey territory in addition to taking too much of the profits.
"I think it's an understatement to say they weren't close," Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa said during a news conference.
According to Chiesa, Spyropoulos also wanted to steal a large amount of cash from his uncle’s safe and told the hired hand to get the combination to his uncle’s safe before killing him. Just for good measure, Spyropoulos instructed the hit man to kill his uncle’s wife, too, if she posed any problems.
Spyropoulos paid the undercover officer posing as the hit man a $3,000 down payment, and provided the officer with a photo, his uncle’s daily schedule and a hand gun.
Chiesa also said they found two semi-automatic handguns, a shotgun and a rifle at Spyropoulos’ home, as well as six different cell phones and a couple thousand dollars in cash.
The uncle and nephew are originally from Athens, Greece, and now both live in Clifton. Spyropoulos is being charged with conspiracy to commit a murder and is being held on $1 million bail.