Anthony Ferrari, seen Tuesday
in this mugshot, was charged in the Mafia-style murder of Konstantinos
Boulis. Boulis sold a casino business to Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Three men were charged with the 2001 gangland-style
killing of the founder of the Miami Subs sandwich chain, who was involved in
a business dispute with a prominent Washington lobbyist at the time, officials
Konstantinos “Gus” Boulis was ambushed after he left his office
in Fort Lauderdale on Feb. 6, 2001. He was involved in a dispute with lobbyist
Jack Abramoff over the sale of a casino business.
Anthony Ferrari was arrested at his North Miami Beach home Monday evening,
Fort Lauderdale police said in a statement Tuesday. Fort Lauderdale homicide
detectives arrested Anthony Moscatiello, 67, at his Howard Beach home in New
York late Monday, police said.
Ferrari, 48, was being held at the Broward County Jail, sheriff’s spokesman
Jim Leljedal said. A third man, 28-year-old James Fiorillo, was arrested Tuesday
in Palm Coast.
Moscatiello and Ferrari were charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to
commit murder and solicitation to commit murder, police said. Fiorillo was charged
with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. All three were scheduled
to appear in court either Tuesday or Wednesday.
The announcement of the arrests gave no information on a possible motive or
each suspect’s alleged role.
Victim sold to Abramoff in 2000
Boulis, 51, also founded SunCruz Casinos, a gambling fleet whose sale
in 2000 led to charges last month against Abramoff, a key figure in investigations
involving House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
The indictment, returned Aug. 11 by a grand jury in Fort Lauderdale,
charges that Abramoff and an associate, 36-year-old New York businessman Adam
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 slaying of Boulis came amid bitter legal fighting over the sale, including
a physical altercation between Kidan and Boulis. Abramoff has accused Kidan
of hoodwinking him in the sale by keeping secret his past business failures
and disbarment as an attorney.
Both Abramoff and Kidan have pleaded not guilty in the fraud case, with a status
hearing set for Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Paul Huck.
DeLay, R-Texas, has asked the House Ethics Committee to review allegations
that Abramoff or his clients paid some of DeLay’s overseas travel expenses.
DeLay has denied knowing that the expenses were paid by Abramoff, whom he once
described as “one of my closest and dearest friends.” He was not
mentioned in any lawsuits involved in the SunCruz deal.
Court papers filed in connection with the legal dispute over SunCruz allege
that Kidan paid Ferrari $95,000 for unspecified reasons and paid Moscatiello,
through his daughter, $145,000 for his work as a food and beverage consultant
Kidan’s defense attorney in the case, Martin Jaffe, said his client had
not had any new interviews with Fort Lauderdale police since the indictment
in August. Jaffe said that Kidan had nothing to do with Boulis’ murder.
A call to Abramoff’s Miami attorney, Neal Sonnett, was not returned.