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Woman offers information on Boulis’s murder

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – A woman facing federal charges of illegally securing an $80,000 loan has offered investigators information about the killing of the founder of the Miami Subs Grill restaurant chain and SunCruz gambling-cruise operation, officials said. Anat Evenor of Plantation possibly made the claim in the hope of receiving leniency for her and her husband, who is also jailed on fraud charges. Federal officials say Evenor has not made any substantial revelations so far about the murder of Gus Boulis, but Fort Lauderdale police plan to interview her anyhow. «In a case like this, you are going to have to rely on some information that someone offers up,» said Fort Lauderdale police spokesman Mike Reed. «It will be someone in a legal bind or someone looking for the reward.» A reward of $101,000 has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for slaying Boulis, who was shot and killed in his car in February 2001. It is unknown if Evenor truly has information on the murder. Her husband, Yair Malol, 37, was charged in February for being involved in a scheme in which moving companies allegedly bilked their customers by holding property hostage until the client agreed to pay higher fees for the move. Government officials have frozen Malol’s and Evenor’s assets. «She wouldn’t be the first one to offer up information in exchange for something,» Reed said. The Greek-born Boulis, who grew up poor only to become one of South Florida’s richest and most powerful businessmen, started SunCruz in 1994 and made it into the state’s largest casino ship business. He founded Miami Subs in 1990, selling it eight years later for $4.2 million. Federal prosecutors forced Boulis to sell SunCruz in 2000 and pay a $500,000 fine after determining that he owned it without being a US citizen, which is illegal. SunCruz’s ships head out 3 miles (5 kilometers) into international waters, where there are no laws against gambling. The company, which has filed for bankruptcy, now has 11 boats sailing from nine Florida ports.