Madonna Pal's Problems Persist

Friends Abandon Miami Club Owner

Finally, three years after the Voice first revealed the persistent rumors that Paciello's first South Beach club, Risk, was deliberately torched in April 1995 for the insurance money, federal prosecutors now claim that a witness has come forward who pins the blame for the fire on the club owner. Asked in 1998 about the charge, Paciello told the Voice: "Utter nonsense. The fire marshal investigated the incident thoroughly and found it to be an accidental smoke fire."

Either way, Paciello's troubles continue to mushroom.

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