The wife and brother-in-law of Ben Novack Jr., the meeting planner who was murdered during a convention he was managing at the Hilton Westchester Hotel (previously the Hilton Rye Town) in Rye Brook, NY, were sentenced to life in prison without parole last month.
Novack’s wife, Narcy Novack, and her brother, Cristobal Veliz, were sentenced December 17 at a federal court proceeding in White Plains, N.Y., after a July trial in which they were convicted of orchestrating the murders of the Fontainebleau hotel heir and his mother.
Novack was found dead in his hotel room in July 2009. He was staying at the then-Hilton Rye Town for an Amway Global International convention, which his company, Convention Concepts Unlimited, organized. Novack’s wife let two other co-conspirators, Alejandro Garcia and Joel Gonzalez, into Novack’s room, where they beat and bound him.
Novack’s wife was convicted on 12 of 13 counts against her, while her brother was convicted on 14 of 15 counts. The charges included one count of conspiracy to commit interstate domestic violence and stalking, one count of interstate domestic violence, and one count of stalking.
The convicted murderers were also found guilty and sentenced for the death of Ben Novack’s mother, Bernice, who died in April 2009 at her home in Fort Lauderdale, at first ruled an accidental death. After Narcy Novack sent Garcia and another hit man to Fort Lauderdale to kill Bernice, they set out to do the same to Novack and take control of his company and his $10 million estate, according to the Miami Herald.
For more than 20 years, Novack’s father, Ben Novack Sr., ran the famed Fontainebleau Hotel, setting for such movies as Scarface and Goldfinger. One year after Novack’s father lost the Fontainebleau to bankruptcy in 1977, Novack launched Convention Concepts Unlimited, estimated to be worth $50 million.