Yet more backstory on Jack Abramoff, Adam Kidan and Gus Boulis and the unfortunate misunderstandings about Suncruz, from Forbes ...
But the deal was quickly mired in violence and controversy. Boulis allegedly threatened to kill Kidan, jumping over a desk and throwing punches; Kidan filed a restraining order. And in February 2001, Boulis was murdered at the age of 51 in a hail of gunfire in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (See: "Going For Broke.")
Shortly after the murder, both Abramoff and Kidan told Forbes they were out of the country when it happened. They said they had made themselves available to the police for questioning through lawyers. Yet as of yesterday, Fort Lauderdale police say Abramoff has eluded them. Though police said he is not a suspect, he is "definitely someone of interest" in the still ongoing investigation of Boulis' murder.
A reporter had mentioned to me that <$NoAd$> Abramoff had quickly volunteered that he'd been out of the country when Boulis got whacked, so quickly in fact that at different times he mentioned different countries as the country he'd been out of the country in.
Now, when Forbes
says "They said they had made themselves available to the police for questioning through lawyers" does that mean that they sent word through their lawyers that they were available for questioning? Or does it mean that their lawyers were happy to answer questions for their clients -- always of course the way cops like to do their questioning?
piece also mentions the suit that Boulis' estate filed against them after he got rubbed out ...
The suit claimed that in the weeks before Boulis' death Kidan wrote three $10,000 checks to Anthony Moscatiello, a man once indicted for racketeering along with a brother of gangster John Gotti. (The case ended in mistrial.) Adding to the intrigue was Kidan's past: His mother was murdered in the doorway of her Staten Island home in an apparent robbery attempt. Chris Paciello, a Miami night club owner and a reputed associate of the Bonanno crime family, later pleaded guilty to the murder.