NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 7:25 PM
Now that he’s been cleared by a jury of pulling the $ 6 million Lufthansa airport heist, Bonanno capo Vincent Asaro wants to get paid by Uncle Sam.
The 80-year-old geezer gangster wants his monthly Social Security checks reinstated, the Daily News has learned.
Asaro strutted out of Brooklyn Federal Court last Thursday after a jury cleared him of all charges — including murder and the infamous 1978 robbery of cash and jewelry.
Asaro was as stunned as anyone by the shocking verdict.
He spent two years in prison waiting for his day in court, and Social Security benefits are suspended when the recipient is in prison, according to the agency.
The Social Security checks were suspended when Vincent Asaro was in prison waiting for his day in court. Now that he is free, he wants the benefits to continue.
Asaro actually had a couple of legitimate jobs during what the government alleged was a life of crime — operating two fence building companies in Queens, where he presumably paid Social Security taxes.
He did not pay taxes on the hundreds of thousands of dollars that prosecutors say he reaped from the Lufthansa heist and countless extortions and robberies they pinned on him.
Since he spent more than one year in jail awaiting trial, Asaro has to reapply for his benefits and needs to provide proof of his release from prison, according to the SSA.
Vincent Asaro (L) was acquitted of wrongdoing in the Lufthansa airport heist.
Asaro’s lawyer Elizabeth Macedonio was spotted Wednesday in the clerk’s office of Brooklyn Federal Court obtaining a certified copy of Asaro’s judgment of acquittal. She declined to say why she needed the document.
But a source said Asaro is anxious to get the monthly checks flowing again.
Asaro isn’t the only gangster collecting Social Security. Former Bonanno underboss Salvatore Vitale testified against Asaro and acknowledged that he collects monthly benefit checks.
“I always paid FICA,” Vitale testified, referring to the social security tax, although he admitted his contributions were often made with illicit monies.