The Boulis Ambush

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The Scenario

On Feb. 6, 2001, Gus Boulis left his offices on Southeast 17th Street in Fort Lauderdale about 9:30 p.m. and headed down Miami Road, a shortcut to Federal Highway on his way home to Hollywood.

As he was driving down Miami Road, a car stopped in front of him, blocking his way. A vehicle coming from the other direction pulled up next to Boulis.  A passenger sitting in the back seat fired on him with a semi-automatic weapon.

Boulis managed to drive out to Federal Highway before crashing into a tree. He died a short time later at Broward General Medical Center.

Background

Gus Boulis was the owner of SunCruz Casinos, a Florida company. SunCruz consisted of ships that would travel offshore into international waters, where the passengers could gamble. In September of 2000, Boulis sold SunCruz for $147.5 million. Problems arose between Boulis and the group that purchased SunCruz.

For a variety of reasons, the new owners were concerned for their safety. They hired ISDA Member Brian Leek and his company FAM to supply protection.

In fact, the Gus Boulis, SunCruz purchase, was made into a movie “Casino Jack.” The actor that played Brian does not fit Brian’s description, but my guess would be the actor is what Hollywood thinks a “Bodyguard” is supposed to look like.

Decades later, Brian, FAM, and VDI are still connected, and they still exude the ISDA philosophy as the quiet professionals.

In July of 2015, the Boulis attack came to a conclusion – reputed mobster Anthony “Big Tony” Moscatiello was convicted of the murder of Gus Boulis.

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