- Associated Press - Monday, November 9, 2015

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - A cardiologist accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill his former partner amid a professional dispute has been indicted on 77 counts in New York.

Dr. Anthony Moschetto pleaded not guilty Monday on Long Island to charges including conspiracy, arson, criminal solicitation and criminal sale of a controlled substance. He is also accused of selling his prescription pads.

Authorities say Moschetto offered the hit man $20,000 to kill his former partner. The hit man was actually an undercover officer.

Investigators say Moschetto had a cache of weapons hidden in a room behind a motorized bookshelf in his Sands Point mansion. They included throwing stars, assault rifles and a gun concealed in a pen.

Moschetto was released on a $2 million bond. His attorney declined to comment.

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