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Straw Men On
to sell to me because I remind him
of the young Rick." -
Then "the young Rick" welched on a $400
$1 MILLION DOLLAR
Lien Placed on Crazy Horse Too
VEGAS by Steve Miller
June 25, 2007
LAS VEGAS - So now a naive 32 year old Miami party
thrower suddenly appears on the scene bragging about being "the
young Rick (Rizzolo)," and about his friendship with Rizzolo's
These are qualities that might just be enough to get him approved as
next "owner" of a troubled strip club -- at least in the eyes of
the Las Vegas City Council, but the Federal
Court may not be so easily impressed.
Chief Federal Court Judge Philip Pro and the City Council have given
a Los Angeles jail serving time for racketeering, until midnight June
30 to close on the sale of his infamous strip club the Crazy
Horse Too. For years the scene of numerous acts of violence
at least one murder of a patron who refused to sign inflated credit
card tabs, the bar has less than a week before it's expected to go dark.
Karahalios, aka "Tommy
Karas," said he put $3 million into escrow last week for
the purchase of the property and liquor license from Mike Signorelli
who is now becoming famous for being the first straw
man who with the
Mayor's help stalled the bar's closure and
subsequent liquidation for almost a year -- a year of what many suspect
was a massive skimming operation.
According to a
report in Sunday's Las Vegas Sun, Karas has
welched on the deal -- something he's done in the past. More on that
If Karas were telling the truth,
will he be able to verify where his money is coming from to
satisfy LV Metro Police, the City Attorney, and most important, the
Or could his backers be persons with present ties to the Crazy Horse?
Judge Pro made it crystal clear that no relative or associate of
Rizzolo could invest, or anyone else associated with organized crime.
United States Department of Justice, District of Nevada
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Additionally, defendants’ plea agreements require The Power
Company, Inc. to sell The Crazy Horse Too by June 1, 2007. The
Government has the right to disapprove the sale if the buyer is a close
relative or ongoing business partner of Rizzolo’s, is a felon, or has
business dealings with organized crime members or groups.
So who is Tommy Karas? Where will his money come from if he's
telling the truth?
This is the same young man who
last November borrowed -- then failed to pay back a $400 loan from
Jim Barrier. He said a local plumber would not accept his
personal check after his water heater broke in a rented Turnberry
little is known of Karas or
his backers. Is he simply another Vegas
blow hard dead beat who welches on personal loans? Or is he a
who arranges lucrative investments for legitimate businessmen? Or is he
the second straw man
intended to keep the skim alive for another year or so?
At dinner before asking
for the loan, Karahalios told Barrier and I, "Rick wants
to sell to me because I remind him of 'the young Rick.'"
Then Karahalios went
on to brag about his friendship with Rizzolo's business
Doumani whose son Fred Jr. appeared at last April's council
meeting to be a character witness for Signorelli.
If "the young Rick" has
somehow found $48 million dollars to buy Signorelli's
and gain the approval of Mayor
Goodman's minions on the City Council (when he can't even pay back a
$400 loan), and then the
Federal Court somehow goes along with the plan, I
believe Rizzolo and his La Cosa Nostra (LCN) associates will continue
that infamous converted warehouse on Industrial Road.
With such references, Barrier and I could only shake our heads in
Here's how I see it. The balance of the $48 million will get returned
to the "investors" with interest, less approximately $23 million owed
to lien holders including the IRS, Kirk Henry, the bank, and Buffalo
Jim Barrier. Even the capitol gains tax will get paid if the status quo
can continue operating the joint. Its a small price to pay for such a
gold mine. Of course the investors will only be buying a fraction of
what they thought they were buying, with Rizzolo and company still
running the place behind the scenes. How's that for an over active
Was Karas being used as a ploy to stall forfeiture when he filed
a bogus lawsuit
against Rizzolo and Signorelli? It did make him look like a legitimate
buyer, and it sure jacked up the price by documenting a purported $48
Rizzolo has proven that
the only way to make millions from a filthy blood
and semen stained topless bar next to a funky auto garage is
to extort his customers into signing inflated credit card tabs, or
beat them if they refuse. Are his successors going to
keep up the profitable tradition?
This story never seems to end... No wonder our town can't attract new,
diverse, high tech industry. What industry other than gambling, pay day
loan stores, escort services and
massage parlors would want to locate in a political environment
that allows this crap to go on?
Since the 1995 beating death of Scott
David Fau, a long haul trucker who was in the wrong place at the
time, to the present day when 16 sadistic Crazy Horse employees
purported owner are incarcerated or about to be, the political
corruption that keeps this place open is the biggest puzzle
now facing Sin City, and it continues to make front page news while we
have no other choice but to look on in disbelief.
2006, Karahalios contacted me and Rizzolo's next door neighbor
former pro wrestler Buffalo Jim
Barrier. He said he was a qualified investor with connections to Doumani.
say Mike Signorelli's plans to buy Crazy Horse Too on Industrial Road
from Rick Rizzolo, who is in prison, have fallen through.
Photo by Steve Marcus / LAS VEGAS SUN
Deadline for club's sale looms
Too's 'permanent' liquor
license in jeopardy
By Mark Hansel
Las Vegas Sun
June 19, 2007
Former Las Vegas City Councilman Steve Miller, a vocal critic
of the council on this issue, says Signorelli is simply a front who
allowed Rizzolo to continue to exercise control over the club even
after he signed the plea deal requiring him to sell it.
Signorelli, Miller says, has used his position as a legitimate
businessman to get approval for the liquor license and keep the
business open - with Rizzolo still calling some of the shots.
"He never intended to buy it," Miller said.
FULL STORY: http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/consumer/2007/jun/19/566621133.html
That piqued our
interest so we invited him to dinner to learn more.
At Opa Greek Restaurant, we felt he was trying to get information
from us, but we didn't offer any. We also took Barrier's attorney
Gus Flangas with us. Barrier owns the garage next to the Crazy Horse
and is suing Rizzolo for harassment.
At Opa, Mr. Flangas identified a man sitting alone at the next
eavesdropping on our conversation. Flangas said he believed he was a
local private eye.
The day after the dinner,
Karahalios called me to ask for a $400 loan. I declined, but later
that day against my advice he borrowed the $400 from Barrier. He said
he'd pay it back that afternoon.
Barrier and his Buffalo On Parade,
Helldorado Days, May 2007
by Mike Christ)
Days passed, and Barrier and I made
several attempts to recover the money.
First we were told "I'll
drop it off this afternoon." Then he said it would be the next day. By
the end of the week, Karahalios stopped taking our calls and didn't
answer his e-mails on the subject. I have
heard from him since November, until his name surfaced as the new
"buyer" of the Crazy Horse Too.
The most interesting thing I remember
about him was his talking about being fond of Doumani. Doumani was once
target in an FBI investigation of his
tenure as landlord of the mob-infested Tropicana Hotel during the
Curiously, Karahalios demeaned Fred's
son which made us think the younger Domani was his rival.
In my opinion, the mob will do
anything to keep two reported suitcases of cash per day leaving the
back door of
the strip bar while anyone who's purported to
be the "owner" sleeps in Rick Rizzolo's private office.
So far, neither the City Council nor
Judge Philip Pro have scheduled a hearing on whether to place a
receiver to liquidate the Crazy Horse -- something both entities
promised to do after June 30 if the strip bar was not sold.
Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian's husband Jerry was observed frolicking
at Rizzolo's going
in Newport Beach with dozens of organized crime types.
Lois' son and husband also have
business dealings with two of Rizzolo's closest friends Fred Glusman
and Tony Tegano
When asked whether the Council would close the Crazy Horse, she
said it's up to business license director Jim DiFiore to
schedule the hearing.
She's completely wrong! It's the responsibility
of an elected person to put the item on the July 11 council
agenda. For the past several years, DiFiore has been aiding and
abetting Rizzolo -- most likely at the behest of Rizzolo's former
Mayor Oscar Goodman
On May 31, Rizzolo's attorney Mark
Hafer told the court that the Signorelli sale had fallen through. No
one was surprised.
And while this folly continues,
beating victim Kirk
, now a quadriplegic, hasn't received a dime from Rizzolo's
to pay his mounting
The Crazy Horse is currently in Mayor
Gary Reese's ward, and was formerly in Tarkanian's ward before
redistricting. The crimes occurred during their individual watch. Now
either one of them is responsible for scheduling the
hearing if Signorelli and Karas default on June 30.
Any buyer must
place the entire purchase amount into escrow before June 30, and then
go through a lengthy investigation. Signorelli, as a favor from
Goodman, did not have to complete the investigation before taking over
the business. He at least had an existing liquor license in the city
which may excuse that, but Karas does not. So to be fair to every other
liquor license holder who could not operate their business prior to
completion of their investigation, Karas should not be granted an
unfair privilege just because Rizzolo is a friend of the Mayor and a
Or a receiver can be placed to run the business. However, receivers
are in the business of making money and they have no incentive to
quickly sell a property. They are paid a percentage of the gross and
usually use the excuse that they are not getting "full market value"
offers. These guys are notoriously corrupt and will immediately be
approached by LCN to be under their control. This could go on for
another two years while most of the money is skimmed.
Once a receiver is in there they are "officers
of the court" and can persuade a judge to give them months or years to
find a buyer willing to pay "full market value." Rizzolo's attorneys
will argue fair market is $50 million when its actually only around $10
million tops without the liquor license, maybe $20 million with.
In the 1970s, the Dunes, Tropicana,
and Riviera casinos actually fought to go into receivership. Under
government appointed "receivers" such as attorney Morris Shenker,
supposedly bankrupt casinos allegedly generated more skim than ever
before, and without IRS oversight. The art of bankruptcy worked then,
and can possibly be reapplied in the Crazy Horse case. Plenty of old
time Las Vegans remember the formula and can teach it to the next
Feds should schedule an auction and chase Rizzolo and his wife for the
balance. That would be the only legitimate way to handle this.
Never in the history of Sin City has a business been
granted so many
political favors, especially one that for years
harbored 16 or more thugs who committed felonies on a daily basis
that endangered the lives of our city's life blood -- tourists.
It's also time for Kirk Henry's
Donald Campbell and Stan Hunterton to take action before their
client's money and their legal fees go out the back door.
Either lawyer has the legal
to ask the City Council or Judge Pro to schedule a hearing. They
owe it to future Kirk Henrys who may suffer the same fate at
the hands of goons who continue to run the bar.
$1 MILLION DOLLAR Lien Placed on
Crazy Horse Too
to the ruling of Clark County District Court Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez,
attorney Kim D. Price on behalf of Buffalo Jim Barrier last Friday
a $1 million dollar
lien on the Crazy Horse Too.
lien is to guarantee payment of any judgment up to $1 million dollars
in the likely event Barrier wins his Harassment
Lawsuit against Rick Rizzolo that was also reinstated by the court.
Judge Gonzalez, like everyone else involved in this case, is leery that
debts will not be paid especially if the Crazy Horse goes dark and the
land and dilapidated buildings are auctioned for fair market value; a
fraction of what is claimed by Rizzolo's lawyers.
Pro will attach all of Rizzolo's personal assets that were illegally transferred to his wife Lisa just prior
to his indictment. He filed for divorce
literally days before he was indicted. He was facing up to 20
years on a RICO charge. The government didn't want to spend vast
resources if the case went to trial which was expected to last a
year with close to a thousand witnesses. So he and his cronies got off
easy with plea deals for only tax evasion, and his wife walked away
with more than $10 million in joint assets along with $83,333 per month alimony.
Barrier alleges that since 2002, his landlord has been illegally towing
Allstate Auto and Marine Repair
customer's cars; damaging his and his customer's personal property; and
attempting to intimidate Allstate employees and customers. Case Number
expected to go to jury trial in 2008 following Rizzolo's
release from prison.
lien requires Rizzolo to deposit $1 Million into
the Court's interest bearing escrow account prior to the close of
escrow on any sale of the Crazy Horse Too.
On Thursday, June 21, Barrier's
attorney filed the lien with the Clark County Recorder, and
Barrier's anticipated judgment was finally secured in the event the
Crazy Horse is sold to a
qualified buyer, or seized
by the government and auctioned. In April and May of this year, the IRS
and attorneys for Henry also filed liens against the Crazy Horse
The only entity that failed to file a lien was the overly friendly City
Council who fined Rizzolo $1 million dollars, but evidently have no
intention of collecting.
Barrier, always the showman, immediately started handing out
"Buffalo Jim Million Dollar Bills."
Meanwhile, Rizzolo and his gang sit in cells in various
California Federal Prisons blaming others for losing their freedom and
the goose that laid the golden eggs.
is writing a true crime book on the mob's battle to keep the Crazy
(AmericanMafia.com photo of Mike Signorelli by Mike
Christ. LV Review-Journal
photo of Fred Doumani. AmericanMafia.com photo of Rick Rizzolo by
Buffalo Jim Barrier.)
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