Thursday, February 6, 2020

Mob Rat Frank Gioia Jr sinks restaurants - from witness protection

He was once known as Frank Gioia Jr, a ‘made man’ and third-generation soldier of the Lucchese crime family. In 1994, he agreed to turn state’s evidence and testify after striking a deal with federal prosecutors. He was released in 1999. As part of the agreement, Gioia had his life imprisonment sentence reduced to six years behind bars. He was then admitted into the federal witness protection program, where he was given a new identity as Frank Capri. He moved to Arizona, where he became a real estate developer and restaurateur.

Capri used plans to build up to 20 Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill restaurants to steal money. Capri took millions in up-front fees in exchange for signing long-term leases that weren’t honored.
After the Toby Keith restaurant collapse, Capri orchestrated another - using the name of country music act the Rascal Flatts. Just one restaurant, which offered Southern-fried comfort food and live music, opened in Stamford, Connecticut, in August 2017. It closed owing $1.2m a year later.
Capri and his companies have been ordered to pay more than $65 million in judgments.
Gioia Jr.'s former associates in 'perp walk'