FBI says it's arrested mobster in 1997 stabbing death

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NEW YORK (AP) - Federal law enforcers in New York say they've arrested a member of the Genovese crime family for his role in a 1997 stabbing death.

John Tortora was arrested Thursday by FBI agents in the murder of 29-year-old Richard Ortiz in Yonkers in November 1997.

Federal prosecutors believe the 61-year-old Tortora ordered a hit on Ortiz because he thought Ortiz was a police informant who was interfering with Tortora's gambling business.

Tortora was charged with racketeering conspiracy, murder in aid of racketeering and murder for hire. He was ordered held without bail following his appearance in Manhattan federal court Thursday.

Tortora's lawyer, Murray Richman, told the Journal News that Tortora denies the allegations. Richman said Tortora did not know Ortiz and did not order him killed.

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Information from: The Journal News, http://www.lohud.com

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