Geneva, N.Y. — A Pennsylvania woman tried hiring two undercover officers to kill her husband after learning he was going to leave her off his will, according to state police.

Alberta Jane Rolfe, 64, Mansfield, Pa., has been charged. Her estranged husband Lyle Rolfe lives in the Seneca County town of Geneva, according to the Finger Lakes Times.

The Finger Lakes Times reported:

 Alberta’s daughter reportedly told police that Alberta had been planning the murder for weeks. On May 20, Alberta allegedly discussed mailing poisoned cookies to Lyle. She also allegedly sent her daughter several text messages about the planned killing.

 Alberta settled on a plan to give her daughter poisoned cookies on June 11, then mail them in a way they could not be traced. Alberta had reportedly calculated the dollar amount she would receive in life insurance claims once Lyle was dead.

 Her daughter reported the matter to state police on June 5 and undercover police contacted Alberta June 11. She reportedly told police about the poisoned cookie plot and gave them the pistol as collateral to mail the package. She also allegedly told the officers they could keep Lyle’s safe. When the undercover police left Alberta’s home with the gun and a map of Lyle’s house, other officers arrested Alberta.

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.