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Maine man arrested in murder-for-hire plot, feds say

Federal authorities have arrested a Maine man who planned to wear a full-size latex mask he asked to provide to undercover FBI agents when he killed a Manhattan businessman.

Hyunkook Korsik was arrested Wednesday night in a hotel parking lot after undercover FBI agents paid him $25,000 in cash to kill him, a federal criminal complaint said.

Corsick, 41, was carrying a loaded Sig Sauer 9mm pistol in a black holster and $25,0000 in cash when he was arrested, the complaint said. His car, a gray Chevrolet Malibu, which he drove from Maine for the alleged murder, contained a small arsenal: AR-15 rifle, 9MM pistol, a bullet-resistant vest; and hundreds of rounds of ammunition of various calibers, the complaint said.

Also found was a full-size latex mask Korsiak had requested during an earlier meeting and planned to wear during the killing to disguise himself, the complaint said. Korsiak tried to “make sure” the mask fit properly and would be sure to leave the mask behind, the complaint said.

A Maine man accused of murder-for-hire planned to wear the mask, federal authorities said.

Department of Justice

The indictment says federal agents targeted Corsick as a man for work after the Bureau of Prisons intercepted communications in which he alleged he wanted to make money by killing someone. Korisak has a lengthy criminal record in Maine. In 2011, he spent more than two years in state prison, according to local court records, and in 2018, Korsiak was sentenced to 52 months in prison for gun theft, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Maine. He was released in November 2021, according to prison records.

The indictment said undercover agents posing as members of a “transnational criminal organization” approached Corsica in August 2022 to kill the fictitious businessman at a Manhattan hotel.

“This person comes to New York and doesn’t breathe,” an undercover agent said in one of their conversations, the complaint said, and Corsick agreed, saying, “You tell me where to go and what to do and you know I can make it happen.”


Federal authorities have found guns and pistols in the car of a Maine man hired to kill a fictional Manhattan businessman.

Department of Justice

Earlier this year, Corsick met with undercover agents to coordinate details of the plot, the indictment said. He was paid $5,000 in expenses, and would clean the interior of the car with a pressurized bleach spray to remove any forensic evidence, the complaint said. Korsiak wanted to know if the hotel’s cameras were “obvious” or “hidden behind double-sided glass,” the complaint said.

He was asked to provide a silencer and a police uniform to be used during the murder-for-hire, the complaint said.

Korsiak is charged with one count of murder-for-hire and one count of possession of a firearm.

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