The ex-boyfriend of a Queen’s sex worker has been busted in connection to the 2019 robbery and overdose death of Cipriani Dolci head chef Andrea Zamperoni, according to federal prosecutors.
Leslie Lescano, 44, was slapped in handcuffs Monday morning — a year and a half after authorities say he conspired with ex-gal pal Angelina Barini to lure the 33-year-old chef to the Kamway Lodge, then spike his drink with a date-rape drug.
Lescano told agents agents from Homeland Security Investigations that Barini typically used “liquid G” — referring to GBL — to knock men unconscious so she could rob them, according to sources and the criminal complaint filed in Brooklyn federal court.
But that’s not how things ended for Zamperoni — with cops finding his corpse stuffed upside down in a garbage can in the corner of a room at the seedy motel in Elmhurst.
Lescano is charged with conspiring to distribute a controlled substance, for which he faces up to 20 years in prison.
Barini, who was arrested in 2019 when police discovered her with Zamperoni’s body, has been indicted for the overdose deaths of two other clients. But she has not been charged for crimes related to Zamperoni.
The complaint alleges that their ill-fated venture began on Aug. 16, 2019, when Barini sent a message to Lescano on Facebook, saying: “I got a biznes opratunady for ya…I cute to the chase then i am willing to pay for ur servces [sic] … Are u with it?”
Lescano, also known as Ken Ween, replied, “Yes my queen,” federal prosecutors allege.
After Lescano signed on to help the 42-year-old blond temptress, he booked a room at the flophouse, which rents for as little as $67 night, according to the criminal complaint.
On Aug. 18, 2019, Lescano and Barini drove to the motel, and she later left then returned with Zamperoni at 4:58 a.m. and instructed Lescano to hide in the bathroom, prosecutors said.
When Lescano emerged, he allegedly told authorities that Zamperoni was passed out on the motel room floor, and Barini then handed him the doomed chef’s AmEx card.
In the following hour, Lescano took a stroll to a nearby Rite Aid to buy gift cards and personal hygiene products for Barini.