Prosecutors allege that the witness, who uses the fake name “Nick DiMaggio” to protect his identity, turned down the job and that Moscatiello then hired DiMaggio’s best friend, John “J.J.’’ Gurino, to gun Boulis down.
Gurino, who was killed in a mob-related murder in 2003, never told DiMaggio he was responsible for the hit.
Kidan was engaged in a bitter feud with Boulis over control of SunCruz, a fleet of gambling boats that Boulis had sold to Kidan and Abramoff. The buyers, however, reneged on their payments, infuriating Boulis. At one point Boulis stabbed Kidan in the neck with a pen during a meeting, prompting Kidan to take out a restraining order and hire Ferrari to protect him and the fleet.
After Boulis’ slaying, authorities focused on the SunCruz deal and soon learned that Kidan and Abramoff had defrauded lenders out of $60 million. Kidan was sentenced to 70 months in prison, but served only half that time because of his cooperation with the Boulis case — as well as his cooperation with federal authorities probing Abramoff’s political dealings. It was during that prison stay that he was attacked by the three fellow inmates.
Kidan’s testimony against his former business partner led Abramoff to blow the whistle on widespread corruption in Washington. His testimony eventually led to convictions of 21 people, including congressional aids, lobbyists and U.S. Rep. Bob Ney of Ohio. Abramoff, who is also scheduled to testify, was sentenced to six years in prison, but was released after serving 43 months. He subsequently wrote a book about Washington corruption and is a sometimes television commentator.