Republic Investigation Look Into Former Mafia Member, Doomed Bar

Published: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 2:45pm
Updated: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 5:18pm

(Photo submitted/courtesy of The Arizona Republic)
Frank Gioia Jr./Frank Capri

The following conversation involves an alleged former member of the Mafia, the witness protection program and a famous country singer.

And one name has apparently been changed, though not necessarily to protect the innocent.

An investigation by The Arizona Republic found that a Phoenix businessman named Frank Capri and/or his companies negotiated deals to build Toby Keith’s I Love this Bar and Grill restaurants with mall owners and developers throughout the United States, then took tens of millions of dollars meant to pay for construction and walked away.

Capri allegedly was named Frank Gioia before entering the witness protection program.

Arizona Republic reporter Robert Anglen handled the investigation.

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