Just months after being freed from jail on accusations he attempted to hire someone to kill his wife, a former New York podiatrist plotted to have his wife killed, according to police and reports.
According to the Rockland County District Attorney's Office, Ira Bernstein, 49, reportedly tried to arrange for the murder of his wife, Susan Bernstein, and then attempted to obliterate any proof of the alleged plot with the aid of his sister, Jaclyn Goldberg, 40.
Between July and September of last year, just months after serving four years in jail for allegedly paying a car salesman $100,000 to run down his wife and pretend it was an accident, lohud.com revealed that Bernstein made attempts to solicit the murder.
Multiple Charges On Bernstein And His Sister
Bernstein is accused of second-degree criminal solicitation, fourth-degree criminal solicitation, tampering with tangible evidence, and fifth-degree conspiracy.
Goldberg is accused of tampering with tangible evidence, third-degree obstruction of justice, and fifth-degree conspiracy.
The new accusations are brought against Bernstein after he has already served time in jail for a 2016 murderous plot against his wife. After promising a car salesman $100,000 to kill his wife, the former podiatrist and his then-girlfriend Kelly Gribeluk entered a guilty plea in 2017, according to local news. Because of his plea, Bernstein was sentenced to four years in jail.
In 2017 He Was Sentenced to 5-15 Years In Prison
According to Lohud, Bernstein was found guilty of conspiracy and other counts in 2017 and given a sentence of five to 15 years in prison. The site reported that he was released in July 2021.
Walsh complimented the Ramapo Police Department "for their investigative work" and the detectives from the Rockland County District Attorney's Office who helped with the case when commenting on the most recent Bernstein plan.