Moscatiello, a bald, rotund 75-year-old onetime caterer who grew up in Queens, has managed to be free on bond since his 2005 arrest, as two of his cronies linked to the hit stewed in jail awaiting trial.
Fiorillo, 35, turned snitch in 2011 and was finally released, while Ferrari remained behind bars, unable to post bond.
Fiorillo worked for Moscatiello and for Ferrari, who ran a security business. He also slept on the couch of Ferrari’s Miami Beach condo. Fiorillo said Ferrari attempted to hire him to kill Boulis but he refused.
The complicated case involves business fraud as well as mob ties. Moscatiello, the alleged mastermind behind the crime, was friends with Adam Kidan, who together with former Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff, were in the midst of purchasing a casino fleet from Boulis at the time of the murder. Both Kidan and Abramoff were indicted and served jail time in federal prison on wire-fraud charges in connection with the $147.5 million sale of Boulis’ SunCruz business.
Kidan pleaded guilty in late 2005, and his 70-month sentence was cut in half after he began helping state and federal investigators with the Boulis case and the federal fraud case against Abramoff.
Kidan was fighting with Boulis for control of SunCruz when Boulis was killed.
He has previously testified that he hired Moscatiello as a food and beverage consultant, and he paid Ferrari, who owned a security company, to watch the boats and to protect him after Boulis allegedly tried to kill him by stabbing him in the neck with a pen.
Prosecutors contend Moscatiello and Ferrari had Boulis killed without Kidan’s knowledge, then forced Kidan to continue paying protection money.
Moscatiello’s attorney, Bogenschutz, has tried to distance his client from Ferrari, alleging that Ferrari knocked off Boulis without Moscatiello’s knowledge.
Moscatiello, who was a federal snitch at the time of Boulis’ murder, has claimed it was Kidan who ordered the hit.
The alleged gunman, John Gurino — another Gambino crime family associate — was killed in 2003 by a Boca Raton deli owner who said he shot Gurino in self defense after Gurino threatened him.
Thus far, court testimony has shed little light on the relationship between Boulis and the two men on trial for his murder. The only link appears to be Kidan, who met Moscatiello in the early 1990s when he needed some advice about his struggling bagel business in the Hamptons.
Kidan’s life had been touched by organized crime before.
His mother, Judith Shemtov, was murdered in her Staten Island home in 1993 by a crew connected to the Bonanno crime family. The thugs raided the home on a tip that Kidan’s stepfather had $200,000 stashed in the safe.
The trial continues Monday.