The bar manager at a popular nightclub was arrested Thursday after law enforcement officers discovered a loaded semiautomatic handgun in a suitcase in his car.
Anthony Frank Oglialoro, 38, of 13456 Banyan Road in Spring Hill was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.
He also is under investigation for possibly violating the terms of his federal probation, which stems from an apparent bribe attempt five years ago.
"We had no idea that he had any kind of record," said Bob Geisenhainer, owner of Secrets at 4644 Commercial Way.
"Once we found out, that was it. We fired him."
Oglialoro was taken into custody at 12:15 a.m. after a visit to the club by a Hernando County sheriff's detective, a federal probation officer and two officers from the state Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco.
Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Frank Bierwiler said the arrest followed a two-month investigation by the Sheriff's Office.
Last year, Oglialoro was placed on probation for two years after pleading guilty in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., to offering a gratuity to a public official, said Ted Raymond, a court clerk.
Oglialoro had tried to bribe an employee of the Veterans Administration, now the Department of Veterans Affairs, in 1988, Raymond said. He apparently was seeking a contract. But the court clerk did not know what kind of contract, or what Oglialoro offered in return.
Oglialoro had worked at Secrets since the nightclub opened in March, Geisenhainer said.
The two met last year, he said, when Geisenhainer paid Oglialoro to install some cabinets at Geisenhainer's house.
Geisenhainer later hired him to work at the club.
Oglialoro appeared "struck dumb" when law officers showed up at the club early Thursday, Geisenhainer said.
They found a loaded .40-caliber Springfield handgun in a black suitcase that belonged to Oglialoro, sheriff's officials said. Then they took him to Hernando County Jail.
He was released Thursday afternoon after posting $5,000 bail.
Oglialoro could not be reached for comment.