Chicago mobster who stole Marlborough Diamond jailed again at 73
Saturday 09 June 2012
A reputed Chicago mobster who gained notoriety three decades ago for stealing the 45-carat Marlborough Diamond from a London jeweller has been jailed for another crime.
Arthur "The Brain" Rachel, 73, told the judge he got involved because he was bored. He was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years on Thursday for his involvement in planning robberies with two accomplices, both of whom are also in their 70s.
Before sentencing, US District Court Judge Harry Leinenweber asked Rachel why he got involved, after spending nearly a decade in prison for the diamond robbery. "It's the way we are," Rachel said. "We got nothing better to do. We sit around talking."
Rachel, pictured, and Joseph "The Monk" Scalise, 74, stole the Marlborough Diamond in 1980 in a daylight raid during which they threatened staff with a hand grenade. Both were convicted in Britain of robbing Graff Diamonds of goods worth £2.3m, including the diamond. They began 15-year prison terms in 1984 and were released in 1993. The diamond was never recovered.
The federal prosecutor, Amarjeet Bhachu, said of Rachel's long criminal record: "This thug has the gall to ask for leniency when he does the same thing over and over. He is a parasite."
The FBI has said Scalise's CV includes serving as a technical adviser on the 2009 film Public Enemies, about Depression-era gangster John Dillinger.
Asked earlier this year if the Marlborough Diamond could be found, Scalise said: "If Lloyd's wanted to pay enough money, maybe they could."
- 1 The difference between a migrant and refugee, in one sentence
- 2 Miley Cyrus calls out hypocrisy of women’s nipples being taboo
- 3 Celebrity Big Brother 2015: Tila Tequila kicked off show after 'describing Hitler as a good man'
- 4 iPhone 5c to be discontinued, no iPhone 6c to replace it
The difference between a migrant and refugee, in one sentence
Spain accused of 'provocation' after letting Russian submarine refuel off Gibraltar
Allonautilus scrobiculatus: World's 'rarest' creature spotted for only the third time ever
Miley Cyrus calls out hypocrisy of women’s nipples being taboo
Celebrity Big Brother 2015: Tila Tequila kicked off show after 'describing Hitler as a good man'
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
Labour leadership: Jeremy Corbyn accused of 'deluding' young supporters with 'claptrap'
'Women only' train carriages: Jeremy Corbyn unveils radical move to tackle public harassment
Black holes are a passage to another universe, says Stephen Hawking
Iain Duncan Smith 'should resign over disability benefit death figures', says Jeremy Corbyn
Iain Duncan Smith calls for urgent ESA overhaul as part of drive to cut down welfare costs
£18000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Sales Executive or Senior Sal...
£40000 - £55000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This industry leading company produces h...
£20000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This IT provider for the educat...