RHINELANDER - Police think a Rhinelander woman met with a hitman on Valentine's Day to have her husband killed.
Megan Danielczak, 27, ended up giving a down payment to an undercover agent with the Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation.
"It's a complete shock to the community [and] a complete shock to the family. There [were] no signs of this taking place," said Rhinelander Police Chief Lloyd Gauthier. "This is my first time that I've seen that in 28 years."
Danielczak allegedly said she was afraid she couldn't afford to live on her own if she divorced her husband Nick. Police said Danielczak's husband had a life insurance policy and she was the beneficiary.
The criminal complaint shows Danielczak asked a man to find someone to kill her husband. Danielczak told the man she was husband would 'take everything away from her' if they divorced. She also said her husband had a better job than she did.
"He came forward because he was concerned that if he didn't bring this forward, that she would find somebody else that would probably go through with it," said Gauthier.
On Feb. 14, Danielczak met with an undercover agent from the Wisconsin Department of Justice who posed as a hitman at the Walmart parking lot in Rhinelander.
"Whom she understood to be a hitman and made a down payment to him to kill her husband," said Rhinelander Captain Rob Lueneburg.
The down payment included $402 in cash and three gold rings.
Newswatch 12 also spoke with Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel during his visit to the Oneida County Sheriff's Office on Friday. Schimel said they work with some local law enforcement agencies to act as hitmen a 'handful of times a year.'
"One of the benefits of bringing in an undercover agent from DCI is the local law enforcement is probably well known to most of the people in the community," said Schimel.
Danielczak said she'd pay another $4,500 after her husband was dead. Court documents show Danielczak said she'd get that money after selling her husband's truck, getting his life insurance policy and tax return after his death. She would also sell a van she owned.
"Megan stated she was not going to go back against wanting her husband killed," said Gauthier.
The next day, police arrested Danielczak at her job in Tomahawk.
Danielczak faces 12 1/2 years in prison if convicted. She has posted her $15,000 cash bond and is due back in court Feb.23.