Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Strictly Business

From the Sun-Sentinel:

Three men were charged with the 2001 gangland-style slaying of Miami businessman Konstantinos “Gus” Boulis, whose sale of a casino boat fleet to Jack Abramoff and a partner has led to federal charges against the prominent Washington lobbyist.

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.

Moscatiello and Ferrari, 48, were once paid by Adam Kidan, Abramoff’s partner in the SunCruz Casinos sale in September 2000, according to court documents in lawsuits filed about the sale.

Kidan paid Ferrari $95,000 when he was running SunCruz, but it is unclear what it was for, according to allegations in the documents. Kidan paid Moscatiello’s daughter Jennifer $145,000 for his work as a food and beverage consultant at SunCruz.

Ferrari 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. Police did not release details of how the killing occurred or the defendant’s roles in it.

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.

So Mr. Abramoff is a “prominent Washington lobbyist.” He is connected with Tom DeLay and TRMPAC. He’s good pals with such upstanding citizens such as Grover Norquist, Ralph Reed, and a number of other Republican players. But he has been accused of bilking clients out of millions of dollars in order to funnel it to right-wing foundations and lobbying groups.

So what does Jack Abramoff have to do with the murder of Gus Boulis? Not a damn thing; no more than Michael Corleone had anything to do with the death of Hyman Roth.