Anthony Ferrari insists he’s not a mobster.
He claims he’s not a killer, or a member of what he called “Murder Incorporated.’’
Ferrari, aka “Little Tony,’’ took the witness stand in his own defense Wednesday — against his attorney’s advice — and narrated a rambling account of his dealings with a cast of shady characters that he claims were the actual people who killed Gus Boulis, the former owner of Miami Subs and SunCruz, a fleet of casino gambling ships.
Ferrari insisted that, before he was arrested for Boulis’ murder eight years ago, he was just an unassuming entrepreneur who ran a security company and was happily married with two children and a dog.
He testified that he would never hire anyone to kill anybody, especially not Gus Boulis, whom he described as “a helluva good guy.’’
But he admitted he didn’t know anything about the security business. Nor did he know that his “friend,” Anthony “Big Tony” Moscatiello, was a reputed captain of the Gambino crime family and former confidante of the late boss John Gotti, he said.
Despite his admitted lack of commercial-security acumen, he said he lived well, traveled back and forth to New York on business and owned five Mercedes, a Jaguar, two Range Rovers, a Ferrari and two red Volkswagens. He said he stored his fleet on the ground floor garage of a Miami Beach office building where he rented a block of offices for more than $13,000 a month.
Ferrari claimed that the Feb. 6, 2001, hit was masterminded by New York businessman Adam Kidan, who had partnered with now-disgraced Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff to purchase Boulis’ lucrative floating casino company. He said Kidan was frustrated with Boulis and told him: “Those [bleeping] Greeks! I can’t deal with them.’’
Kidan then allegedly had listening devices installed in Boulis’ offices to spy on him and family members who worked for the company, Ferrari said.
“Adam Kidan paid for that bullet that killed Gus Boulis,’’ Ferrari said.
But prosecutors say it was Moscatiello and Ferrari who orchestrated the job, which was allegedly carried out by henchmen James “Pudgy” Fiorillo, who was the lookout, and triggerman John “J.J.” Gurino, who was killed in an unrelated mob slaying in Boca Raton in 2003. A mistrial was declared last week for Moscatiello, who was charged along with Ferrari with the murder. His attorney, David Bogenshutz, was too ill to continue. Moscatiello will be tried at a later date.
Ferrari proclaimed to Broward County Judge Ilona Holmes that he had been waiting eight years to tell his story. Ferrari said no one — including his own attorney — was going to stop him from testifying in in the capital murder case.
“It’s my life that’s on the line here,’’ the pale and wiry Ferrari told Holmes, just before placing his hand on a Bible and swearing to tell the truth.
Christopher Grillo, his longtime attorney, risked being held in contempt for refusing to question his client, saying he wanted more time to prepare Ferrari.
“I just can’t do it your honor,’’ Grillo said. “It’s professional misconduct.’’