Florida widow and former stripper, 56-year-old Narcy Novack of Fort Lauderdale, and her brother Cristobal Veliz of Brooklyn were officially sentenced today to life in prison for hiring hit men to carry out the 2009 savage deaths of Novack’s wealthy husband Ben Novack, a 53-year-old Fontainebleau hotel heir, and his mother, 87-year old Bernice Novack.
Novack’s avarice motive was simply to gain access to the family millions, and she even attempted to implicate her daughter May Abad for Ben Novack’s murder. Abad’s sons stood to inherit the majority of the estate. Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore stated:
“Today, Narcy Novack and Cristobal Veliz are finally being held accountable for their gruesome and brutal conduct. It was pure greed that drove their evil scheme to steal millions of dollars from the Novack family by murdering Ben Novack, Jr. and his elderly mother Bernice Novack and plotting to kill a witness in order to prevent her testimony in the case against them. This dangerous brother/sister team will now be where they belong—behind bars for the rest of their natural lives.”
The siblings had been previously acquitted of murder in lieu of racketeering, which would have carried a mandatory life sentence. They faced charges of racketeering, domestic violence, stalking, money-laundering, transporting stolen property, and witness-tampering. Racketeering refers to criminal activity that is performed to benefit an organization such as a crime syndicate. Racketeering includes extortion, money laundering, loan sharking, obstruction of justice, and bribery. But the two were eventually convicted of murder as part of the conspiracy.
In April 2009, Bernice Novack was found dead in the laundry room of her Florida home. Her death from skull fractures and was not immediately considered suspicious as she’d had a recorded history of falls, but, following her son’s vicious slaying, her death was re-investigated as a homicide.
In July 2009, Ben Novack was found dead in his bed at a hotel in Rye Brook, New York. Dumbbells were used to bludgeon him to death. At the time of his death, Mr. Novack had been carrying on an affair with a porn actress Rebecca Bliss, inciting concern that he would file for divorce and, due to a prenuptial agreement, bar Mrs. Novack from the estate. Bliss was also a key witness and admitted in court to the affair. She expounded further, noting that Mrs. Novack had offered her money to end the relationship, stating that, otherwise, if she couldn’t have him, no other woman would.