Two new criminal charges are being brought against Susan Williams, the Garden City woman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill her estranged husband, the Nassau district attorney's office said Friday.

Williams, 43, a mother of four, now will face charges of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a felony, and fourth-degree criminal solicitation, a misdemeanor, the district attorney's office said in a release.

More details about the new charges will be released when a grand jury indictment is unsealed Monday morning, the district attorney's office said in a statement. At that time, Williams will be arraigned on the new charges before Nassau County Judge Joseph Calabrese.

John Carman, Williams' defense lawyer, declined to comment Friday on the new charges.

Williams already has pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree criminal solicitation and second-degree conspiracy. Williams, who was arrested March 4, was freed from the Nassau County jail in East Meadow on March 26 after posting $500,000.

Nassau prosecutors say Williams, embroiled in a bitter divorce with her husband, Peter Williams, asked an acquaintance in February to refer her to a hit man because she wanted her husband killed.

The supposed hit man - actually an undercover police officer - videotaped Williams as she paid him a $500 deposit on a $20,000 "job," prosecutors have said.

Nassau prosecutors have said in legal papers that Williams asked the would-be hit man to make her husband's death look like an accident, and that she fraudulently changed his life insurance policy shortly before her arrest.

Carman has said that Williams may have taken a fantasy too far, but that she never would have followed through with the alleged plot to kill her husband.

If convicted of the earlier charges lodged against her, she could face a maximum of 8 1/3 to 25 years in prison. The possible penalties stemming from the new charges were not clear Friday.

- With Ann Givens

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