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Nampa Woman Arrested On Charge Of Use Of Interstate Commerce Facilities In The Commission Of Murder-for-Hire

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Idaho

Boise – Monique Christine Martinez, 32, of Nampa, Idaho, made an initial appearance this morning in Boise on a complaint charging her with using interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire. United States Magistrate Judge Ronald E. Bush set a preliminary hearing and detention hearing for October 27, 2014.

According to the complaint, Martinez contacted an individual by Facebook in California in order to hire someone to kill her husband. On October 17, 2014, Martinez met with an undercover FBI Special Agent, whom she believed was a hit man. Martinez advised the undercover agent that she wanted her husband dead and provided the agent with $350 in U.S. currency and promised additional payment later in the week. She provided the agent with a hand written note, which contained her husband’s name, the address of his employment and the address of his mother’s home, where he was recently living. Martinez showed the agent photographs of her husband on her smartphone, provided his work schedule, described his tattoos, and described the vehicle he drove. Martinez suggested that the best time to kill her husband was either as he got off work or when he was leaving his gym. Martinez was arrested in Nampa on October 22, 2014, at her residence in Nampa.

Using interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire is punishable by up to ten years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release.

The case was investigated by the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force. The Metro Task Force is comprised of federal, state and local agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Boise Police Department; Ada County Sheriff’s Office; Caldwell Police Department; Nampa Police Department; Meridian Police Department; Canyon County Sheriff’s Office; and the Idaho Department of Correction.

A complaint is a means of charging a person with criminal activity. It is not evidence. The person is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated December 15, 2014