In Pursuit of Willy and Sal, Part Two

Having lost their case against the drug kingpins, federal prosecutors vowed to convict jury foreman Miguel Moya of bribery. Didn't quite work out that way.

"If you ain't got me, bro, you ain't got dick. I'm here to help you. Did you see the movie Pulp Fiction."

"No."
"Then go get it tonight. Go look at the movie Pulp Fiction. There's a guy there they call Wolf, okay? You know what his job is? To fix things. That's what I do, bro. I'm here to help you, because if I help you, I help them," Garcia says, referring to Falcon and Magluta. "And don't take this personally [but] I don't give a fuck about you. I care about them. But I'm afraid that you'll go in because they've got you on this thing. And [then] my fucking people are in trouble and that means that I didn't do my job right. And I'm here to do my job right."

"Okay."
"Now, you tell me. I'll give you my beeper number. My name is Manny. I'm going to be here until Friday. Now, I want you to think about this. But let me tell you one thing. I have to report to these people today. What am I gonna tell them today? I'm going to tell them that I saw you. Now, I'm going to tell them --"

"Yeah, that they're investigating me and that they went to my home and they went all the way up where my sister lives, up there in Orlando. They went to see my father-in-law and my mother-in-law. They haven't come to see me yet, but I guess when they come to see me, it's to take me in."

"So what are you gonna do?"
"I don't know."
"Are you gonna talk?" Garcia asks, his tone growing colder with each question.

"No," Moya says. "Oh, no, brother. That's with me."
"All right, I mean I have to think about --"
"No, no, no."
"'Cause these people are -- you know what I mean, bro?"
"No, this goes down with me."
"If they offer you some --"

"No, no, no," Moya interrupts. "If they give me twenty years, I'll take the twenty years."

"So the secret is between the two of us."
"Yeah. Well, it's, uh --"
"Step up to the plate, bro."
"I'm there," Moya says.

Garcia again asks Moya if he'd like help explaining his expenditures. This time Moya says yes.

"Okay, then," the FBI man says, "we'll go sit down with the guy and we'll have a talk, man."

"Okay."
"That's what I'm talking about, man. I'll get you a person, you know, an accountant who will sit there with you and go, 'Bam, bam, bam. This is how we'll justify this. This is how we'll justify all the money.'"

"I see."
"But you already spent it all? Damn, what a son of a bitch you are."
"No, brother. I left it -- I gave it all to my family."
"Aw, man, you should have fucking kept some, bro."
"I gave it all to my family."

Garcia asks who Moya told about the bribe, which he refers to as "our payments."

"My wife," he says, "and my parents."
"They know?"
"Yes. My wife and my parents. Yes."

Garcia reminds Moya to use the beeper number. "Okay, you call me tomorrow," he says. "We'll get together and we'll resolve it."

"All right."
As Garcia walks to his car the surveillance camera zooms back to capture the two men as they separate. "Don't do anything crazy," he tells Moya before driving off.

"Okay," Moya replies.

The videotape may have been the centerpiece of the government's case, but it wasn't the only incriminating evidence presented. Prosecutors went into mind-numbing detail chronicling the Moya family's spending habits. In his opening statement, Nucci had warned jurors that the financial testimony could become tedious, and he was right.

Day after day prosecutors presented boxes of financial records in an effort to prove that Moya and his parents were spending more money than they could have possibly brought in from their nine-to-five jobs.

The defense's response was: "So what?" They weren't denying that the family's wealth came from an illegal source, but it was cousin Ray's drug smuggling, not a bribe from Falcon and Magluta.

Another potential pitfall for prosecutors was the testimony of Moya's ex-wife, Virginia Perez. They knew from their dealings with her that she would be a difficult and reluctant witness. But they also knew that if the jury believed her testimony, then Moya would be easily convicted.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Paylor led the questioning. Virginia Perez (no relation to Moya's cousin Ray Perez) told jurors she and Miguel were married in 1987, had two kids, and were divorced in February 1998.

Perez then testified that during the Falcon-Magluta trial something strange occurred. "It was sometime before the trial was over," Perez said. "He had received a phone call, whatever, he had to leave, he left and came back with a bag of money."

"Well, let's talk about some phone calls," Paylor suggested. "Did he receive phone calls during the trial?"

"Yes."
"From whom? Tell the jury what you remember about the phone calls."
"It was just a couple of phone calls from a gentleman. Finally at one time I found out the name was Eddie."

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