- Title: FBI arrests 19 accused New York mobsters linked to Lucchese family
- Date: 31st May 2017
- Summary: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (MAY 31, 2017) (REUTERS) (MUTE) VARIOUS INDICTMENT DOCUMENT SHOWING DEFENDANTS NAMES AND CHARGES
- Embargoed: 14th June 2017 21:35
- Keywords: mafia crime arrests mobsters Lucchese family Goodfellas FBI
- Location: NEW YORK + WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
- City: NEW YORK + WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Crime
- Reuters ID: LVA0016J674H1
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- Story Text: Federal agents in New York on Wednesday (May 31) arrested 19 accused members of the Lucchese crime family, an alleged network of criminals who were the source of inspiration for the acclaimed mobster film "Goodfellas."
Defendants with nicknames including "Paulie Roast Beef" and "Joey Glasses" were among those arrested on charges ranging from murder to the illegal sale of cigarettes, according to court papers.
The crimes were committed in connection to a larger racketeering scheme run out of New York and dating back at least 17 years, prosecutors said.
The Lucchese family is considered to be one of five long-established Mafia organizations that operate in New York City and New Jersey.
The group was suspected of pulling off the notorious 1978 airport heist that inspired Martin Scorsese's 1990 Academy Award-winning film "Goodfellas." That $6 million (USD) heist remains one of the most infamous unsolved crimes in the United States.
A spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation's New York office said agents had arrested about 20 people on Wednesday in an organized crime bust. More details about the charges and arrests would be released later in the day, the FBI wrote on Twitter.
The defendants are expected to appear in federal court in White Plains on Wednesday.
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