Five members of the Bonanno crime family were taken into custody and charged in connection to 1978 Lufthansa heist.
Court papers allege that the men charged were members of the Bonanno crime family -- responsible for for acts of extortion and arson, including the heist, which was made famous by the 1990 film "Goodfellas."
Vincent Asaro has been identified as one of the leaders of the gang. He's been charged with stealing $5 million in cash and $1 million in jewelry from a Lufthansa Terminal in December 1978.
At the time, it was the biggest cash heist ever recorded in the United States. The stolen funds would be equivalent to nearly $18 million dollars today.
The alleged mob leader Vincent Asaro, who is 78-years-old, and other alleged members of the Bonanno organized crime family including his son, Jerome, Jack Bonventre, Thomas "Tommy D" Di Fiore and John "Bazoo" Ragano are accused of murder, racketeering, armed robbery, arson and extortion.
The men were arraigned in a Brooklyn court on Thursday.
Mr. Asaro's attorney, however, says he didn't do it.
"I represent Mr. Vincent Asaro, a poor guy, a grandfather. I met his granddaughter in court today. He got rousted out of bed this morning at six o'clock for something that he didn't do."
U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Loretta Lynch sees things differently. "As alleged, Vincent Asaro devoted his adult life to the Bonanno crime family, with a criminal career that spanned decades," she said in a statement."Far from a code of honor, theirs was a code of violence and brute force. Those suspected of cooperating with law enforcement paid with their lives."
She added, "Neither age nor time dimmed Asaro's ruthless ways, as he continued to order violence to carry out mob business in recent months."
Also charged in the indictment were fellow Bonanno family members or associates.