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Wife of Food Network Chef Alleged Target

5/15/2010 2:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Juan-Carlos Cruz -- host of the now defunct Food Network show "Calorie Commando" -- allegedly targeted his own wife in what cops say is a murder-for-hire plot.

Our sources say Juan-Carlos went to several homeless people in Santa Monica earlier this month and said he would pay them to kill his wife. Law enforcement sources tell us he told the homeless people she had recently inherited a lot of money from her family and he wanted her out of the picture.

But here's the twist ... TMZ has learned law enforcement has since determined no such inheritance existed and that therefore the alleged motive he disclosed to the homeless people was false. We are told, however, that the alleged target was indeed Cruz's wife.

As for what the real motive may have been -- we don't know.

Juan-Carlos Cruz is being held on $5,000,000 bail.

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