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Mobster arrested over Goodfellas JFK heist

Published on Jan 24, 2014 6:54 AM
 
Bonanno crime family leader Vincent Asaro is escorted by FBI agents from their Manhattan offices in New York on Jan 23, 2014. Asaro was arrested on Thursday over the spectacular 1978 cash and jewelry heist from JFK airport immortalized in Martin Scorsese’s movie Goodfellas, and pleaded not guilty. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (AFP) - A New York mobster was arrested on Thursday over the spectacular 1978 cash and jewelry heist from JFK airport immortalized in Martin Scorsese’s movie Goodfellas, and pleaded not guilty.

Vincent Asaro, 78, reputedly a senior member of the notorious Bonanno crime family, was among five suspects detained by FBI agents in separate early morning raids in New York.

“These ‘goodfellas’ thought they had a license to steal, a license to kill, and a license to do whatever they wanted,” said FBI Assistant Director in Charge George Venizelos.

During a nine-minute appearance in US federal court, Asaro pleaded not guilty to extortion, murder and violence charges that US prosecutors say spanned a 45-year career in crime.

 
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