3 Arrests in Gus Boulis Florida MurderBreaking in S. Florida:
FORT LAUDERDALE -- Perhaps solving one of South Florida's most notorious crimes, police arrested three men Tuesday in the 2001 ambush slaying of Konstaninos ``Gus'' Boulis -- a murder that happened a few months after Boulis sold a fleet of casino boats to prominent Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff and a partner.
Police would not comment on whether they got any big breaks from Abramoff or his former partner, Adam Kidan, both of whom were indicted Aug. 11 on federal fraud charges in connection with their September 2000 purchase of SunCruz Casinos for $145.7 million from Boulis.
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``All the pieces of evidence, all the statements that have been taken, all the witnesses have led us to this point,'' said Fort Lauderdale police Capt. Michael Gregory.
Boulis, a 51-year-old Greek immigrant who had founded both SunCruz and the popular Miami Subs chain, was shot to death at the wheel of his BMW sedan shortly after leaving his office on Feb. 6, 2001. Witnesses said a car pulled in front of Boulis, forcing him to stop, while a second person in a black Ford Mustang pulled along the driver's side and shot Boulis three times.
The slaying of Boulis came amid bitter legal fighting over the SunCruz sale, including a physical altercation in which Kidan told police that Boulis had attacked him with a pen, drawing blood. Court documents also show that Kidan hired bodyguards and had ordered an armored Mercedes-Benz.
Lawyers for Abramoff and Kidan, who face trial Jan. 9 on the fraud charges, have repeatedly said neither man knows anything about Boulis' murder. But at least one of the men arrested has ties to Kidan, according to court documents filed in an unrelated civil case.
Police arrested Anthony ``Big Tony'' Moscatiello, 67, on Monday night at his home in Howard Beach, N.Y., on charges of murder, solicitation of murder and conspiracy. Moscatiello waived extradition at a brief hearing Tuesday and will be brought to Florida to face the charges, New York prosecutors said.
Moscatiello's lawyer, Richard Barbuto, did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.
Moscatiello and his daughter, Jennifer, were paid $145,000 by SunCruz -- then controlled by Kidan and Abramoff -- for catering and other work, according to the civil court documents.
Also arrested Monday night on murder, solicitation and conspiracy charges was Anthony ``Little Tony'' Ferrari, 48, at his home in North Miami Beach. He was being held Tuesday at the Broward County Jail awaiting an initial court appearance Wednesday.
A third man, 28-year-old James ``Pudgy'' Fiorillo, was taken into custody Tuesday at his home in Palm Coast, located in northeast Florida. He was also expected to be brought to Broward County and could also have an initial court appearance Wednesday, authorities said.
It was unclear Tuesday whether Ferrari or Fiorillo had hired lawyers.
Fort Lauderdale police Sgt. Tim Bronson said other arrests were possible. A grand jury indictment detailing the murder charges remained sealed Tuesday, and it was unclear precisely who allegedly did what in the Boulis killing.
``As far as the role any one of the three suspects played in this case, we're not prepared to discuss that,'' Bronson said.
The federal fraud indictment charges that Abramoff and Kidan used a fake wire transfer to defraud two lenders out of some $60 million to finance the deal to buy SunCruz from Boulis. The transfer made it appear that the two had contributed $23 million of their own money in the deal, but they had not, prosecutors said.