Narcy Novack wants half of Fontainebleau heir's $10 million estate
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Narcy Novack, convicted of masterminding the grisly killings of her millionaire hotel heir husband in Rye Brook and his elderly mother in Fort Lauderdale, wants half of Ben Novack Jr.'s fortune -- including his Batmobile.
"Since I own joint title to ... such property [that] was acquired during the course of my marriage to Ben H. Novack Jr., I assert my one half interest in such property," Narcy Novack wrote in court papers filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in White Plains.
A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara declined to comment on the filing.
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Novack, 56, was convicted June 20 by a federal jury with her brother Cristobal Veliz of hiring hit men who beat Ben Novack Jr. to death in his room July 12, 2009, at the Rye Town Hilton, a savage attack in which she ordered the hit men to cut out her husband's eyes.
They also were convicted of setting up the April 2009 beating death of Ben Novack Jr.'s 86-year-old mother, Bernice Novack.
Narcy Novack and Veliz were sentenced Dec. 17 to life in prison.
The killings were part of a plot to secure the $10 million fortune of Ben Novack Jr., whose father founded the famed Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, prosecutors said. Ben Novack Jr. planned to leave his wife for a younger woman, former porn actress Rebecca Bliss, prosecutors said. A prenuptial agreement called for Narcy Novack to receive a little more than $60,000 of her husband's fortune.
On Jan. 8, U.S. District Judge Kenneth Karas signed an order barring Narcy Novack from getting any part of her late husband's fortune.
But Narcy Novack filed a petition in federal court in White Plains on Wednesday challenging that ruling, saying she deserves half of the financial interest of the couple's two Florida mansions, five cars, two boats, a barge, and her husband's $2 million Batman memorabilia collection, which includes a replica Batmobile.
"The defendant asserts that the forfeited property listed in her attached petition was jointly held in the defendant's name and/or was acquired during the course of her marriage that none of it were the proceeds of any crime," her lawyer Howard Tanner wrote in court papers. "She therefore claims that she is entitled to her undivided one-half share in such property."