updated 8/1/2006 4:40:12 PM ET 2006-08-01T20:40:12

A New York City police recruit pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he plotted to have his ex-girlfriend killed for $3,000 because she didn’t want to get married, prosecutors said.

Authorities said they nabbed Kabeer Din, 22, when he met with an undercover officer posing as a hired killer, discussed a plan to kill the woman and handed over his credit card, New York Police Department chief spokesman Paul Browne said Monday.

Din was arraigned Tuesday on a charge of second-degree conspiracy to commit murder. Suffolk District Judge Joseph Santorelli set bail at $150,000 cash, or $1.5 million bond.

Din, a recruit or probationary officer, was suspended without pay, Browne said. He previously was a police officer in Baltimore, Browne said.

“He got outstanding recommendations,” Browne said. “Nothing untoward surfaced” in checks.

On Friday, an unidentified source told the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau that Din was “looking for someone to kill his girlfriend,” Browne said. Din was ready to marry but the 24-year-old woman didn’t want to tie the knot, Browne said.

Later that day, New York City police recorded a call in which the source told Din he knew someone who could carry out the scheme, Browne said.

On Monday, Din met with the source and an undercover Suffolk County police officer in Holtsville, on Long Island, Browne said.

Din gave the man he thought was an assassin a photograph of the woman, $200 in cash and his credit card, Browne said.

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