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Lufthansa Heist: 'We Never Got Our Right Money,' Accused Mobster Says on Tape

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Lufthansa Heist: 'We Never Got Our Right Money,' Accused Mobster Says on Tape - by Yon Pomrenze/ Money/ CNN/ cnn.com

"(CNN)Witnesses talk about wiseguys, rats and hiding bodies, and list the do's and don'ts of organized crime. A tattoo on the defendant's arm reads "Death before dishonor." Peppered into riveting testimony are nicknames like Skinny Dom, Vinny Gorgeous, Louie Haha and Tommy Shots.

If it sounds like a Hollywood movie script, it kind of already is.

But this is real life and at the center of it all is 80-year-old Vincent Asaro -- the alleged former Bonanno crime family captain who's on trial in federal court to face charges in a string of crimes over 40 years. Among them: murder, racketeering and the famed 1978 Lufthansa heist at JFK International Airport that helped inspire part of the plot in the 1990 film "Goodfellas."

In recordings made by the government's key witness and played in court Thursday, Asaro appears to bemoan not getting a larger cut of the Lufthansa score.

In that robbery, a band of robbers stole about $5 million in cash and nearly $1 million in jewels from an airline cargo building..."

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Vincent Asaro, Accused in Lufthansa Heist, Is Found Not Guilty - by Stephanie Clifford/ N.Y./ Region/ International New York Times/ The New York Times/ nytimes.com

"Vincent Asaro, the reputed mobster charged in connection with the notorious 1978 Lufthansa robbery, walked out of federal court in Brooklyn on Thursday a free man after a jury cleared him of racketeering and other charges.

The verdicts, delivered after little more than two days of deliberations, left many in the courtroom stunned, most visibly prosecutors from the United States attorney’s office, which had spent years building a case against Mr. Asaro, 80, with testimony from high-ranking Mafia figures and recordings made by an informer for the Federal Bureau of Investigation..."

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Vincent Asaro, center, leaving Federal District Court in Brooklyn after a jury found him not guilty of all charges. Credit Lucas Jackson/Reuters


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