Cousin Of ‘Mob Wives’ Star Big Ang Arrested For Tax Fraud
The co-owner of the now closed Drunken Monkey bar allegedly stiffed the state out of $100,000.
As any mobster will tell you, don’t do the crime, if you can’t do the time. SallyAnn Lombardi, 57, stands accused of bilking the state out of $100,000 in tax revenue at the bar she co-owned with her cousin Angela Raiola, better known as “Big Ang” (pictured above) of the VH1 reality TV series "Mob Wives." Lombardi was arrested Tuesday on felony grand larceny and criminal tax fraud charges. Raiola died from cancer last February at the age of 55. “She’s not even gone a year, and she’s turning over in her grave, believe me," Lombardi told the New York Daily News.
Frequently seen on the show, The Drunken Monkey bar on Staten Island was shut down by the New York State Liquor Authority after they became aware that Raiola was a silent partner. Due to Raiola’s guilty plea in a 2003 federal drug-dealing case, state law prohibits her from owning a bar without receiving special permission from the state.
Police say Lombardi collected sales tax at the bar but never sent in the money to the state, nor did she file tax returns from 2009 and 2015, when she ran the bar. Lombardi says Big Ang took over the bills for the bar after the TV show became a hit.
“Her husband was supposed to make a deal with the tax department and pay everything up to date. But then her cancer got the best of her,” Lombardi told the Daily News, “I don’t know what to say. I’m devastated. This was also supposed to be settled.” [Photo: Getty Images]