A Queens prostitute on Wednesday was charged in connection to the 2019 overdose death of Cipriani Dolci head chef Andrea Zamperoni.
Brooklyn federal prosecutors allege Angelina Barini, 42, and her boyfriend, Leslie Lescano, 44, lured the chef to the Kamway Lodge and conspired to spike his drink with the date-rape drug GBL on Aug. 18, 2019. Zamperoni passed out on the seedy motel room floor and died.
She faces charges of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute GBL, distribution and possession with intent to distribute GBL, and obstruction for plotting to dispose of Zamperoni’s body.
After police busted her with Zamperoni’s decomposing corpse — which had been stuffed upside down in a garbage can in the corner of her motel room — she was arrested and quickly tied to the deaths of the two other johns.
It’s unclear why it took authorities so long to charge her for the crimes related to Zamperoni.
Lescano, who faces two counts for conspiring with Barini to drug and rob Zamperoni, allegedly told Homeland Security Investigations agents that the blonde temptress typically used “liquid G” — referring to GBL — to knock men unconscious so she could rob them.
After Zamperoni was drugged on Aug. 18, Lescano allegedly went on a shopping spree with the victim’s AmEx card, buying gift cards, cigarettes and snacks at Barini’s behest.
But the situation apparently turned deadly, and that afternoon, the seductress was allegedly captured on surveillance footage dragging a garbage can from a nearby alley back to her motel room.
She later messaged her friends on Facebook and asked if they had a hand truck she could borrow.
Three days later, after Zamperoni was reported missing, law enforcement officers knocked on the motel room door. When Barini opened it, they were accosted by a “strong odor, consistent with the smell of a dead body and burning incense,” court papers charge.
The officers also spotted a garbage can with a “bare human foot sticking out,” HSI agents allege.
During a subsequent search, they found a suitcase and a saw.
Barini and Lescano were arraigned on the indictment Wednesday in Brooklyn federal court and both entered not guilty pleas. They both remain behind bars.
Prosecutors said that they were engaged in plea negotiations, which they described as “productive.”
If convicted, Lescano faces up to 20 years in prison on the top count and Barini up to life.
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