[Peter R. Abbott]'s former restaurant on Phyllip's Highway in Jacksonville is the focal point of an FBI investigation. Abbott, working with the US Justice Department, claims to have bribed a number of officials, including a loan officer from the Small Business Administration (SBA), a politically prominent lawyer and a banker so he could finance purchase of the restaurant last January.
Abbott, 36, was known in Boston as Peter R. Auer and then changed his last name to Aver, then Abate, and most recently to Abbott. He operated three restaurants, one in Boston, Peabody and Randolph and offered his services to the FBI so he could avoid prosecution from passing bad checks.
The Amazing Kreskin said Abbott picked him up at the airport before his performance and bragged, among other things, that he carried a gun in a shoulder holster. Part of the FBI investigation involves the question of how Abbott, with a criminal record in Massachusetts, was able to obtain two gun permits in Jacksonville.