Man convicted over $2.3 million van heist

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A man has been convicted over a $2.3 million Melbourne Armaguard van heist more than a quarter of a century ago.

Pasquale Lanciana was found guilty on Monday of seven counts of money laundering, and one each of armed robbery and false imprisonment, in June 1994.

It was Lanciana's second County Court trial, after a previous jury failed in 2019 to reach a verdict.

The court was previously told Lanciana was among a group of thieves who disguised themselves as workmen and stopped the armoured van.

They threatened the crew with guns, drove the van through the back streets of Richmond and then fled with the cash, the court was also told.

Lanciana was found to have laundered his share of the stolen cash, including by using $400,000 to pay for a block of land at Williamstown.

He was remanded in custody ahead of an August 9 pre-sentence hearing.

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