After he left prison, he and Mary Joe separated, and Buttafuoco moved to Los Angeles to try to get into acting. He was able to get a few jobs but in 1995, he got into trouble when he hired a hooker who was an undercover agent and Buttafuoco was arrested and sent back to prison. When he got out, he opened a car repair shop and was busted for defrauding an insurance company. He was sent to prison for a year and had to give up his car repair license. Last heard Buttafuco was remarried and still living in Los Angeles.