Indictment in notorious 1978 JFK Lufthansa heist

CREATED Jan. 23, 2014

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NEW YORK (AP) - A federal racketeering indictment has been issued in the 1978 Lufthansa robbery at New York's Kennedy International Airport, a notorious heist featured in the Martin Scorcese movie "Goodfellas."

The defendants named Thursday include Vincent Asaro, of Howard Beach in Queens, an alleged captain in the Bonanno organized crime family. Information on his attorney was not immediately available.

The Dec. 11, 1978, heist was one of the largest cash thefts in American history. Hooded gunmen invaded the airline's cargo terminal and stole $5.8 million in untraceable U.S. currency being returned to the United States from Germany.

The cash was never found.

In June, FBI investigators descended on a Queens neighborhood where it's believed the robbery was planned.

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