By Mike Stetzer
In Boynton Beach, Fla., a man decided to file for divorce from his wife, who local police say hired a hit man to kill him. Michael Dippolito filed for divorce from Dalia Dippolito, also filing a foreclosure action against her.
Dippolito's lawyers say that Dalia Dippolito allegedly planned the murder of her husband to retain the townhome that he purchased in late January, before the couple married. She made an arrangement with a hit man, who was actually an undercover police officer.
Dalia Dippolito began working for Beachfront Realty and participated in the sale of the townhome to Michael before their marriage, the company's founder said. At the end of July, Michael transferred the deed to their home solely into his wife's name in order to "protect his assets," according to Michael Entin, his attorney.
Entin says that Dalia was seeing another man during this time, and she informed him she wished to have Michael Dippolito killed. This confidant contacted police, according to attorneys for Michael, and informed them of Dalia's intentions.
Dalia Dippolito was released from jail last week after posting $25,000 bail. She was charged with solicitation to commit first-degree murder and is currently on house arrest at her mother's home. Her attorney says she plans to plead not guilty to the charge.
Michael Dippolito's attorney says that a lawsuit has been filed to transfer the townhome back into his name. They say he bought the property at his fiancée's insistence just before their marriage. After more urging, he added her to the deed, and finally relinquished all ownership of the home to his wife just a few weeks ago.
Dippolito's lawsuit claims that "she did not love the plaintiff and only married him to unlawfully obtain his property." The divorce proceeding will develop alongside the foreclosure action.
Dalia was escorted by police back to the couple's former home to pick up her belongings and dog. The judge in her criminal case ordered her to have no contact with her husband or with the confidential informant who reported the planned hit to police.
Michael Salnick, Dalia Dippolito's attorney, says his client has struggled to deal with intense media attention regarding her case.
"She's a nice, sweet young lady who is extremely quiet," he told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Erika Pesantes. "In the past 48 hours it seems she has become a national figure."
Boynton Beach police say Dalia hired an undercover officer who she understood to be a hit man to kill her husband for a $3,000 fee. When the officer asked her whether she wanted her husband murdered, Dippolito allegedly laughed and said, "I will be very happy. I’m not going to change my mind. I’m 5,000 percent sure I want it done."
That alleged certainty has put Dalia Dippolito into legal trouble on three fronts. She faces criminal charges, divorce proceedings and possible eviction from her current residence.
Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel