Federal Court in Camden

Mitchell H. Cohen Building and U.S. Courthouse in Camden, where the compounding cases have been heard. 

The Linwood therapist charged with hiring a hitman to “permanently disfigure” a Massachusetts victim must close her practice and seek psychiatric treatment as conditions of her bail release.

Diane Sylvia, 58, of Somers Point, is accused of paying $5,000 to an undercover FBI agent posing as a hitman to assault one of her Massachusetts colleagues. She told the agent the man “needs his pretty little face bashed in” and asked to have his arm broken.

Sylvia must “discontinue her therapy practice” and “get medical or psychiatric treatment” after posting bail Monday, according to conditions of her release posted Thursday.

She also cannot travel outside New Jersey, use drugs or alcohol, or possess any weapons.

A former member of a criminal gang who was in therapy with Sylvia approached the FBI on Sept. 24 informing authorities that Sylvia allegedly asked the informant to help kill a North Attleboro, Massachusetts, man.

Court documents allege Sylvia targeted the man after he threatened to report her to a licensing board.

FBI agents arrested Sylvia last week and she was held at the Cape May County jail in Cape May Court House. She posted $50,000 bail and was released to family.

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