Prosecutor: ‘Big Tony’ ordered hit on Florida businessman

Author: Associated Press

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – A Florida prosecutor has told jurors that a reputed mobster ordered the 2001 hit that killed a prominent South Florida businessman who owned gambling ships and founded Miami Subs restaurants.

Prosecutor Brian Cavanagh said in an opening statement Monday that Anthony “Big Tony” Moscatiello wanted Konstantinos “Gus” Boulis dead in a power struggle over SunCruz Casinos.

A mistrial was declared in 2013 for Moscatiello when his attorney became ill. Anthony “Little Tony” Ferrari was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

Prosecutors say the 77-year-old Moscatiello is a member of New York’s Gambino crime family. Moscatiello has pleaded not guilty and denies mob connections. He faces the death penalty if convicted.

Authorities say Boulis was shot by a mob hit man as he sat in his car in Fort Lauderdale.

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