Novack trial: Cristobal Veliz denies driving killers to New York – despite ATM video

WHITE PLAINS— Cristobal Veliz denied today that he drove Ben Novack Jr.’s killers from Florida to New York – but a surveillance video may show otherwise.

Federal prosecutors at Veliz’s trial showed jurors a video from an ATM security camera in Jessup, Md., which shows Veliz withdrawing $200 on the morning of July 9, 2009, three days before Novak, his brother-in-law, was brutally killed at the Hilton Rye Town.

The video shows Veliz walking away and, a few seconds later, a green Pathfinder towing a Ford Thunderbird driving off in the background – the same vehicles the two killers described when they testified that Veliz had driven them north that day.

“That’s not my car,” Veliz told Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Dember during cross-examination.

Veliz, 58, and his sister, Ben Novack’s 55-year-old wife, Narcy Novack, are charged with racketeering and other crimes for allegedly masterminding the 2009 killings of both Ben Novack and his mother, Bernice Novack. Prosecutors contend the pair sought Ben Novack’s $10 million fortune.

The two killers, Alejandro Garcia and Joel Gonzalez, have testified that Veliz enlisted them in the plot and drove them to New York before he had another accomplice drive them to the Rye Brook hotel. They testified about that killing and Bernice Novack’s death three months earlier.

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