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$1.2M Goodfella’s-style heist from JFK Airport mirrors Lufthansa ripoff

NEW YORK (PIX11) - The FBI is combing over surveillance video as part of an investigation into the disappearance of $1.2 million in cash, a discovery made on Monday.

Over the weekend, Swiss Air flight #17 flew into JFK airport carrying passengers as well as approximately $93 million in cash. Such cash transfers of that sum are the normal course of business for US banks, as tourists exchange cash abroad. Once arriving in the United States, the cash is brought through the Federal Reserve which replaces old bills before returning them to the bank of origin.

The shipment going to a US bank which officials will not name, was counted up on Monday when one $1.2 million in $100 bills was found to be missing. $92 million of that shipment did make it through.

There are reports that a forklift operator at JFK tells investigators he noticed a hole in one of the cargo containers Off-loaded from the Swissair flight over the weekend.

In 1978 a JFK heist took place with nearly $6 million in cash and jewels stolen. Later it inspired the film Goodfellas, In which the real-life Jimmy “the Gent” Burke was played by New Yorker Robert DeNiro. As it happens, police were at Burke’s home in Queens just last week, digging up the ground floor they found human remains which have yet to be identified. Burke died o lung cancer in 1996.


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