Piazza reveals Lisa Rizzolo's possible
complicity to hide the proceeds
sale of the Philly Crazy
Attorney Don Campbell:
"How did your relationship develop
"It never developed! I never
had a long
standing relationship with him."
INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
December 5, 2011
LAS VEGAS - He probably wishes he'd never
heard the name Rick
Vince Piazza (left) is a respected
businessman in Pennsylvania, and the proud father of baseball legend
According to his September 28, 2011 deposition
in the Kirk
Henry beating case, Mr. Piazza was first introduced to Vegas racketeer
Rick Rizzolo in 1996 at a baseball game in Los Angeles. The introduction
was made by then-LA Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda who was a friend of Rizzolo.
At that time in history, Rizzolo was clean,
and Piazza had no reason to believe that one day in his future, an association
with Rizzolo would threaten to besmirch the Piazza family's good name.
Several months after their initial meeting,
Vince Piazza visited the Las Vegas Crazy Horse Too then owned by Rizzolo.
After a cursory inspection of the highly profitable enterprise, Vince was
favorably impressed especially when his son Mike told him Rizzolo was a
personal friend. After the visit, Vince dined with Rick and his then-wife
Lisa at Piero's.
However, Vince evidently did not see the
big picture. At the time of his visit to the Crazy Horse Too, the club
was becoming infamous for beatings and robberies of patrons who haplessly
found themselves there during off peak hours. For their efforts in extorting
money from customers, Rick Rizzolo and 15 of his goons were later convicted
of felonies. It was also suspected that Rizzolo was paying off a city
councilman, several rogue
cops, and the former
mayor to turn their backs on the extortion and related
In 2001, Kansas tourist Kirk Henry's neck
was broken by a Crazy Horse Too manager when Henry refused to pay a padded
bar tab. Henry hired attorneys Don Campbell and Stan Hunterton to sue Rizzolo
and his club. Campbell and Hunterton are both former federal prosecutors
with connections at the U.S. Department of Justice. Soon after Campbell
and Hunterton were hired by Henry, the FBI began an investigation of Rizzolo
and the Crazy Horse Too. The rest is history.
Ten years after their dinner date, Piazza
in 2006 became interested in investing in the construction of a gentleman's
club in Philadelphia, but had no experience in that type of business. He
contacted Rick and asked him if he would like to invest in the project?
Rizzolo agreed and invested $2 million dollars.
Piazza soon learned that Rizzolo was having
problems with the U.S. Department of Justice pertaining to his racketeering
activities and income tax evasion. Undaunted, Piazza pressed forward with
his Philly project knowing Rizzolo could not be named on the license. Instead,
Piazza accepted Rizzolo as a "consultant," and the project moved forward.
However, Rick Rizzolo's presence within the project drew the ire of Philadelphia's
press and political
While this was going on, and with Piazza
becoming dubious of his choice of partners, Kirk Henry's attempted murder
case was progressing through the Federal Court system. However, Piazza
claimed he didn't know of the Henry case until after the Philly club was
open for business and he read about Henry's beating on AmericanMafia.com.
Becoming aware of the full extent of his
business partner's troubles, Piazza decided he no longer wanted to be in
the strip club business with Rizzolo, and found a buyer. His first order
of business was to strike a deal with Rizzolo to buy out his interest for
$3 million which resulted in a $1 million dollar profit for Rick -- money
Rizzolo wanted to conceal from Henry, the court, his parole officer, and
By then Rizzolo was serving his first stint
in prison, so he enlisted the help of his late father Bart to collect and
conceal the proceeds from the Philly sale. Bart died in 2010 after receiving
over $1 million in payments -- money that was court ordered to go to Kirk
Henry to help satisfy a judgment of $10 million agreed to by Rick Rizzolo
in exchange for a shortened prison sentence. After serving less than a
year in prison, Rizzolo reneged on his side of the deal. With the
exception of $1 million paid to Henry from Rizzolo's Farmer's Insurance
policy, the court ordered him to personally pay Henry the balance of $9
million plus interest, but Rizzolo had no intention of complying with the
Rick and Lisa stashed
their assets off shore to avoid paying Rick's judgments.
Because he had yet to receive a dime from
the Rizzolo's personal fortune, Henry filed a Uniform Fraudulent Transfers
lawsuit against the couple that's ongoing to the present day.
Even though he was in prison, Rick conjured
up several schemes to keep the money out of Henry's hands. According to
Rick's plan, the money would be secretly
paid to his father Bart. Unfortunately, Bart Rizzolo died before all
the funds could be transferred. Enter Rick's ex-wife Lisa and stepmother
Rizzolo who are intent on keeping the money in the family.
Following Bart's death, Lisa was the one
who contacted Piazza and informed him to send all future payments to Kimtran.
Piazza complied. However Rick Rizzolo did not inform his parole officer,
the U.S. Federal Court, or Kirk Henry which later resulted in him being
found guilty of violating the conditions of his parole causing his return
And following their questionable
2005 divorce, Lisa was not expected to be involved in her ex-husband's
business dealings, but her surprising call to Piazza may someday be construed
by a jury as the action of an "insider," something that's typical in a
While this was going on, Henry's attorneys
caught wind of a possible scam, and filed the following Motion to Extend
Discovery in order to find out who changed the beneficiary to receive Piazza's
payments? The answers to Henry's questions came during Piazza's deposition.
According to his testimony, the person acting on Rick Rizzolo's behalf
was his ex-wife Lisa, and the new beneficiary was Kimtran.
During Piazza's deposition taken in Philadelphia
on September 28, 2011, over the strenuous objections of Lisa Rizzolo's
attorney Mark Bailus, Kirk Henry's attorney Donald Campbell remained steadfast
and was successful in obtaining the information about Lisa and Kimtran.
He also discovered that Piazza was a reader of my INSIDE VEGAS columns.
Kimtran Rizzolo in her October 12, 2011
brazenly denied knowing anything about the payments she was receiving,
or Vince Piazza.
Kimtran's sketchy deposition performance
may be used to bolster Henry's UFTA lawsuit, and resulted in the following
Motion to Compel and Request for Sanctions:
|Full docket text for document 556:
MINUTE ORDER IN CHAMBERS of the
Honorable Magistrate Judge George Foley, Jr, on 11/22/2011. By Judicial
Assistant: Julia Wright. RE:  Plaintiff's MOTION to Compel Discovery
as to Defendant Kimtran Rizzolo and Request for Sanctions : Motion Hearing
set for Tuesday, December 20, 2011, at 10:30 AM in LV Courtroom 3A before
Magistrate Judge George Foley Jr. (Copies have been distributed pursuant
to the NEF - JBW)
And adding further credence to Henry's
UFTA case, Rick Rizzolo lied on the record during his deposition saying
he was to receive a total of only $1 million from Piazza.
Rizzolo's perjury helped put him back in
prison for an additional nine months and extend his parole two years. Now
it will up to the United States Government to decide what to do with Lisa
and Kimtran in order to expedite the long overdue payment of moneys owed
to Kirk Henry and the IRS. Obstruction of Justice charges are a real possibility.
And through all this, respected businessman
Vince Piazza has hopefully learned a valuable lesson. With friends like
the Rizzolos, he needs no enemies.
Lisa Rizzolo's May 12, 2009 DEPOSITION:
(some pages omitted by mutual consent of parties)
Rick Rizzolo's August 17 & 18, 2010
Kimtran Rizzolo's August 12, 2011 DEPOSITION:
Vince Piazza's September 28, 2011 DEPOSITION