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Philly Mortgage Broker Charged With Hiring Cooperating Fed Witness as Hitman

These cases all seem to follow scripts right out of television crime shows. In this case, like many others, the person hired a hitman who just happened to be a cooperating federal witness. Soon to be on Law and Order.

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By George Anastasia
Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA — A South Philadelphia mortgage broker was ordered held without bail yesterday on murder-for-hire charges as prosecutors revealed that the man he allegedly attempted to hire was a cooperating federal witness who secretly recorded several conversations in which the murder plot was discussed.

“Make it look like a robbery,” Mahn Huu “Bruce” Doan said, according to a partial transcript in a pretrial motion filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine E. Sykes.

“Do whatever you think is best in your mind where it don’t bring back heat,” Doan allegedly added during the conversation recorded May 1 at his business office in the Econo Lodge Airport Hotel in South Philadelphia.

Prosecutors allege that Doan wanted a hit man to kill two individuals and maim a third. While authorities have not identified the targets, sources familiar with the investigation said one was a Center City lawyer and the others were plaintiffs the lawyer represented in a civil suit against Doan.

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