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3 Arrested in 22-Year-Old Murder

August 16, 1998

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) _ Three people have been arrested in a 22-year-old murder-for-hire case and police say the victim may have loaned his colleague the $6,000 used to pay the hit man’s fee.

Dr. Benjamin Hurwitz, a 56-year-old podiatrist, was gunned down on a freeway in October 1976. William Moalem, a former business partner, was a suspect at the time but the investigation was stopped because of a lack of evidence.

Police reopened the case and talked to Moalem’s estranged wife, Tania, who provided evidence that her husband orchestrated the shooting, according to an affidavit released Friday.

Moalem, 58, of Valencia, Mrs. Moalem, 44, of Hillsborough, and another person who allegedly helped plan the shooting, Richard Quilopras, 46, of Union City, face murder and conspiracy charges.

Investigators believe the motive was a $60,000 life insurance policy on Hurwitz. Moalem received a $24,000 settlement in 1982. A $6,000 loan from Hurwitz to Moalem also may have been used to pay the hit man’s fee, the affidavit said.

``This was the most cold and calculated kind of killing,″ prosecutor Jack Grandsaert said.

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