Former lobbyist and ex-partner will be asked about death of Mr. Sub executive

Boulis had started at the bottom and worked his way up to owner of about 200 Mr. Submarine sandwich shops in Canada. He sold the shops in the late 1970s and moved to Florida.

The Record
March 25, 2006

Former lobbyist and ex-partner will be asked about death of Mr. Sub executive

A U.S. judge has approved subpoenas for former Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff and an ex-business partner to answer questions about the mob-style slaying of the owner of a gambling fleet they bought.

Abramoff and Adam Kidan have insisted, through their lawyers they know nothing about the slaying of Konstantinos (Gus) Boulis, former owner of the Mr. Submarine restaurant chain in Canada, who was ambushed in his car by an armed man in Fort Lauderdale a few months after the pair bought SunCruz Casinos from him.

A lawyer for Anthony (Big Tony) Moscatiello, one of three men charged in the 2001 slaying, wants to question Abramoff and Kidan, court documents showed. Circuit Judge Michael Kaplan approved the request Thursday but the subpoenas had not been issued by yesterday morning.

The SunCruz purchase is "at the heart'' of the murder case, Moscatiello lawyer Dave Bogenschutz said in court papers.

Abramoff and Kidan are not charged in the slaying but are scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in federal court after pleading guilty earlier this year to fraud charges stemming from the purchase. Their lawyers did not return telephone calls or emails seeking comment yesterday.

Abramoff, once a prominent Republican lobbyist and political fundraiser, has also pleaded guilty to federal charges in a Washington corruption investigation that threatens several powerful members of Congress and staff members.

As part of their federal plea deals, Abramoff and Kidan are required to co-operate with prosecutors in any state or federal investigation.

Moscatiello, 67, allegedly has ties to New York City's Gambino crime family and worked as a consultant for Kidan at SunCruz.

Kidan paid companies linked to Moscatiello about $145,000 while he ran SunCruz. Prosecutors have said they believe Boulis was slain in a battle for control of the gambling fleet out of concern those payments might dry up.

Boulis had started at the bottom and worked his way up to owner of about 200 Mr. Submarine sandwich shops in Canada. He sold the shops in the late 1970s and moved to Florida.

Moscatiello is charged along with Anthony (Little Tony) Ferrari, 49, and 28-year-old James (Pudgy) Fiorillo in the Boulis killing. All three have pleaded not guilty and could face the death penalty if convicted.

Investigators have testified records show cellphones belonging to Ferrari and Fiorillo were within 150 metres of the Boulis murder scene moments after the killing and one was used to call Moscatiello.

Kaplan was scheduled to hear testimony yesterday on a motion by Moscatiello and Fiorillo claiming the prosecution's case isn't strong enough to warrant keeping them in custody without bail. Ferrari has not joined in that motion.

Abramoff and Kidan face prison sentences of just more than seven years in the Florida fraud case. They admitted fabricating a fake wire transfer to make it appear they were putting a sizable chunk of their own money into the $147.5-million purchase of the gambling fleet.

Boulis, who skipped off a Greek freighter in Halifax in 1968, moved to Toronto and worked his way up from dishwasher to partner at a submarine shop within months. He later built Mr. Submarine into a near 200-store chain.

Credit: Canadian Press and Associated Press


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