Puts Lisa Rizzolo On A Budget
$22,623.16 per month requested
Rizzolo's Divorce Judge Indicted
Charged with conspiracy
to commit mail
and wire fraud, securities
money laundering. Previous
rulings now in question.
INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
November 5, 2012
LAS VEGAS - After claiming she was singularly
responsible for supporting
her entire adult family, a senior United States judge put Lisa Rizzolo,
the ex-wife of convicted
racketeer Rick Rizzolo, on a strict budget to stop her squandering
the money that was court ordered to be paid to beating
victim Kirk Henry and the IRS.
8632 Canyon View Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada
1104 Ocean Front, Newport Beach, California (Google Earth)
The Order was in preparation for the March
26, 2013 Uniform Fraudulent Transfers Act jury trial scheduled in Federal
Court to determine if the Rizzolos staged a sham divorce in order to fraudulently
transfer their racketeering derived assets to the Cook Islands to prevent
seizure by creditors.
amicable June 2005 divorce (Rick and Lisa used the same attorney),
speculation was that the Rizzolo's divorce hearing was a sham
in the court of a crooked judge (see: "The
judge who signed Rizzolo's Divorce Decree," AmericanMafia.com, March
Rumors were that Clark County Family Court
Judge Steven Jones (mug shot and official photo on left) had been
bribed to grant the Rizzolo's a lopsided divorce in the middle of a highly
publicized federal investigation just three weeks before Rick was to begin
negotiating his plea agreement to pay $10 million in restitution to Kirk
Henry and other court ordered obligations in exchange for a shortened prison
After less than a year in prison,
the feds had kept their side of the agreement, but Rizzolo reneged by not
paying Kirk Henry a dime in restitution. Meanwhile, Judge Jones was re-elected,
was back gambling on the Strip, and Lisa was enjoying her beach house
in Southern California.
I first learned of the two-faced judge
in 2003 when the late Gene
Isaacs told me that Judge Jones was involved in a fraud to steal his
life savings. Not being able to confirm Isaacs' claim, I opted to not write
a story on the subject.
Isaacs explained that Jones would use his
title and conduct meetings with potential investors in his judge's chambers
at the courthouse to give a high level of legitimacy to his proposals.
Based on Jones' popularity and multiple
reelections to the bench since 1993, few reporters listened when Isaacs
told them of his experience, while Jones, et. al. continued their operation
On October 31, 2012, the Las Vegas Review
Journal headline blared: "Clark
County Family Court judge Steven Jones faces federal indictment."
Jones was indicted for conspiracy to commit
mail and wire fraud, securities fraud and money laundering, thereby rendering
all his previous rulings in question.
By coincidence, Judge Jones is being prosecuted
by the same man who successfully prosecuted
Rick Rizzolo, United States Attorney Daniel Bogden.
Based on the judge's 15
page Indictment, there's now little doubt about the validity of Gene
Isaacs' claims, and there's little doubt the disgraced judge may have helped
Rick and Lisa Rizzolo perpetrate a scam to avoid paying their creditors!
If the federal conspiracy charges are proven,
it's not far fetched to speculate that Judge Jones was bribed to allow
the Rizzolos to unequally divide their assets and hide them off shore right
in the middle of a federal racketeering investigation.
"Defendant Lisa Rizzolo maintains that
the divorce decree was not collusive and was in accordance with considerations
allowed by Nevada state law regarding the division of marital property."
- Mark Bailus, attorney for Lisa Rizzolo, March 2, 2009
Now that Lisa Rizzolo's extravagant spending
has been put on a short leash, and with the new information about the credibility
of the judge who presided over her divorce, we'll soon know if Mr. Bailus
is correct that the divorce was not collusive and in accordance with Nevada
state law regarding the division of marital property.
If the jury rules on March 26 that the
Rizzolo's hidden assets must be repatriated back to the United States,
then Lisa will be ordered to pay Kirk Henry first, and what's left will
go to the IRS. If Lisa refuses to repatriate her off shore stash, she can
be jailed until
she cooperates. Or, if she cooperates and her Cook Islands accounts come
up short, her two expensive houses are expected to be sold to pay the balance.