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Onetime defendant in legendary Lufthansa heist is rearrested

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2015 file photo, Vincent Asaro leaves Brooklyn federal court in New York after beating charges that he helped plan the legendary 1978 Lufthansa heist retold in the hit film "Goodfellas." Asaro was rearrested Wednesday, March 22, 2017, for the alleged torching of a car that cut him off in traffic. Also charged in the arson and in an unrelated bank robbery was John J. Gotti, 23, the namesake grandson of the notorious Gambino crime family boss John "Dapper Don" Gotti. (AP Photo/Bryan R. Smith, File)

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2015 file photo, Vincent Asaro leaves Brooklyn federal court in New York after beating charges that he helped plan the legendary 1978 Lufthansa heist retold in the hit film "Goodfellas." Asaro was rearrested Wednesday, March 22, 2017, for the alleged torching of a car that cut him off in traffic. Also charged in the arson and in an unrelated bank robbery was John J. Gotti, 23, the namesake grandson of the notorious Gambino crime family boss John "Dapper Don" Gotti. (AP Photo/Bryan R. Smith, File)  (The Associated Press)

An aging mobster who two years ago beat charges in a legendary heist retold in the film "Goodfellas" has been rearrested.

The U.S. attorney's office in Brooklyn says Vincent Asaro is charged with an arson committed before his 2015 arrest in the robbery of the Lufthansa cargo terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport in 1978.

Asaro's attorney didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

An indictment also names a grandson of infamous Gambino crime family boss John Gotti as a defendant.

In 2015, a Brooklyn jury found the 82-year-Asaro not guilty of charges he orchestrated the Lufthansa robbery with James "Jimmy the Gent" Burke. A turncoat mob associate testified that Asaro and Burke killed a suspected informant with a dog chain. The defense argued Asaro was framed.