Only Eyewitness News learned the FBI unraveled an arson plot.
A Cornelius man is accused of trying to hire an undercover agent to burn down a man's house. Eyewitness News learned a local woman may have been an intended target, too.
An Eyewitness News camera captured Zulfiqar Kacho in handcuffs heading into federal court Thursday morning. Inside, the prosecutor outlined a plot for arson.
Court documents said Kacho offered an undercover FBI agent $1,000 to burn down a South Carolina private investigator's home over a woman.
That woman hired the investigator, and federal officials said Kacho believed the man was trying to steal the woman from him.
The woman did not want her identity revealed, but she talked exclusively with Eyewitness News. She said Kacho offered to work on her business website but their interaction was never romantic.
“It is absolutely delusional," she said. "We had no relationship, whatsoever."
Federal agents claim Kacho wanted to harm her Cornelius business and wanted the private investigator to lose it all. Court documents state that Kacho suggested the agent pour gasoline in the crawl space of the house.
The prosecutor said just last week, Kacho met the undercover agent in a restaurant parking lot and they have him on tape saying he wanted the victim's valuables, like antique cars, destroyed and wanted it to look like an arson so the victim couldn't get any insurance money.
A federal judge denied Kacho bond Thursday, but the woman said she's still terrified.
“Between trying to get my legs to stop shaking on the bench and looking at this individual, that has plotted to do this, there are many factors that run through your head," she said.
Kacho's sister hid her face from Channel 9's camera.
His defense attorney, Brent Walker, wouldn't say much.
"They are very serious allegations right now," said Walker.
Kacho pleaded not guilty. He wants a jury to hear his case.
Eyewitness News also spoke to the private investigator over the phone. He received the frightening news from the FBI on Friday and has taken extra steps to protect his home.