SallyAnn Lombardi, the cousin of Mob Wives star Angela Raiola a/k/a Big Ang, "has been busted on tax fraud charges, accused of stiffing the state out of $100,000 in sales tax owed by the reality show personality's Staten Island bar, the Drunken Monkey" as reported by the Daily News: "she never filed any tax returns between 2009 and 2015, when the bar was open for business under her ownership, according to a criminal complaint," and is "accused of collecting sales tax at the Forest Ave. bar in West Brighton, but never sending that money to the state."
Last February Big Ang died from cancer at 55, and the gay community mourned her passing as reported by Joe Jervis at his blog Joe My God:
A couple of years ago I attended Big Ang's book launch party, which was largely attended by the gay press, her cast mates, and a number of menacing looking men in tailored suits. It was an interesting evening to say the least.
Andy Towle over at Towleroad similarly paid tribute to Big Ang:
"I love the gay community," she said in an August 2012 episode. "I love them and they love me. We have a special relationship, we both have an obsession with clothes and shoes."
In a 2013 interview with Chicago gay paper Windy City Times Big Ang said "gays like to party and so do I, that's for sure," and "where can you have more fun than with the gays?"
Big Ang was a niece of drug dealing Genovese capo Salvatore "Sally Dogs" Lombardi as reported by Nicole Bitette for the Daily News: "Lombardi was first arrested in 1979 for conspiring to manufacture and sell Quaaludes," and "he was imprisoned in 1992 after wiretap surveillance of his home telephone in Brooklyn led authorities to discover he was planning to obtain a large quantity of heroin." Sally Dogs died in 2009 after 22 years behind bars.
In 2001 Big Ang had her own brush with the law, and "was one of 15 defendants ensnared in a DEA case" as reported by Ed Scarpo for Cosa Nostra News: "she was caught selling cocaine in an undercover probe targeting a mob-tied drug ring operating in New York City and was sentenced to four months of house arrest."
The State Liquor Authority shut down Big Ang's nightclub in March 2015 because state law prohibits a convicted felon from owning a bar as reported by John M. Annese for the Staten Island Advance: "Ms. Raiola's cousin, SallyAnn Lombardi, held the bar's liquor license, but an SLA probe determined that Ms. Raiola had signatory authority and power of attorney over the bar."
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