The cousin of dearly departed Mob Wives star Angela “Big Ang” Raoila is in some legal hot water after assuming ownership of Big Ang’s Staten Island bar, the Drunken Monkey.
SallyAnn Lombardi was arrested on Tuesday in New York City on felony grand larceny and criminal tax fraud charges. She is accused of pocketing $100,000 in sales tax that should have gone to the state.
According to a criminal complaint obtained by the New York Daily News, Lombardi did not file any tax returns between 2009 and 2015, and is being accused of collecting sales tax at the bar but not handing it over to the state.
The Drunken Monkey was ordered to close in 2015 after authorities discovered that Raoila was a silent partner. She had been prohibited from opening a bar without special permission after her 2003 guilty plea related to a drug dealing charge. Authorities discovered her partnership when investigating a death at the bar — Abdou Salam Cisse suffered a fatal blow to the head while attempting to break up a bar fight in the summer of 2014. A State Liquor Authority investigation found that Raoila, who died of cancer in February 2015, was listed as a signatory on the bar and held power of attorney on the business after her cousin was in a 2009 car accident.
The bar later re-opened under new ownership and a new name: The Funky Monkey.
Lombardi, who was released on her own recognizance, told the Daily News her tax troubles are all a big misunderstanding.
“I don’t know what to say. I’m devastated. This was also supposed to be settled,” Lombardi told the newspaper. “[Raoila’s] 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… and that was the main priority.”
The Drunken Money was often featured on Mob Wives.
Photo: Associated Press (Featured: Angela ‘Big Ang’ Raoila)