behind his ex-wife's skirt tails, Rick Rizzolo
avoids paying his financial
obligations, but will
Lisa Rizzolo get stuck paying
for his actions?
INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
June 8, 2009
LAS VEGAS - Convicted Racketeer
Rizzolo plea bargained for a light prison sentence by promising Federal
Prosecutors he would pay over $28 million dollars in personal debts including
$9 million to a Kansas tourist who in 2001 was crippled by one of the Rizzolo's
In 2005, four years after
Kansas tourist Kirk
Henry suffered a broken neck for protesting a bogus $88 bar tab at
the Rizzolo's then-imfamous Crazy Horse Too topless bar in Vegas, Rick
Rizzolo and his wife were still in possession of his vast ill-gotten fortune
while the IRS, Henry, a California bank, and numerous other creditors were
being stymied when trying to collect what they are owed.
Up until last Friday, it
was only speculated that Lisa Rizzolo, three weeks before her about-to-be
ex-husband began his plea bargaining, participated in a collusive divorce
and clandestine scheme to transfer most of the couple's assets to off shore
It was believed that because
the Rizzolos used John Dawson, a well known asset protection lawyer who
specializes in hiding his client's cash in foreign accounts, the scheme
would be bullet proof. Also, John is the brother of U.S.
Federal Court Judge Kent Dawson, the same judge who presided over the
trials of 15 Crazy Horse employees, and handed down suspiciously
And what about the prestigious
law firm Lionel Sawyer & Collins where John Dawson works? Are they
proud of their associate's mob clientele?
It's been fifteen months
since Rick Rizzolo was released from prison. Quadriplegic Kirk Henry is
still waiting for his ongoing medical bills to be paid while Rizzolo is
seen squandering tens of thousands in cash in local casinos on a nightly
Rizzolo parties with Elias
Ghanem in a $3,000 per night Body English booth, while beating victim
Kirk Henry waits in an electric
wheelchair for his $9 million dollar settlement
TV News photos)
In May, attorneys for Henry
asked U.S. Judge Philip Pro to issue a Court Order requiring the law firm
Lionel Sawyer and Collins to produce all financial documents pertaining
to RIck and Lisa Rizzolo. This after the criminal defense firm that represents
the couple, Patti
& Sgro, filed papers with the Federal Court purporting that all
the Rizzolo's financial records and legal documents were destroyed in a
"flood" at the law office.
Until last Friday when INSIDE
VEGAS obtained the transcript of Lisa's deposition in the Kirk Henry case,
even the FBI
did not know where the couple's assets are actually hidden.
The Dawson brothers, Federal
Judge Kent, and asset protection lawyer John
John Dawson is the brother
of Federal Judge Kent Dawson, an appointee of U.S. Senator Harry Reid who
is a business partner of Jay Brown (see: Democrat
leader reaped $1.1 million from sale of land he didn't own - USA Today,
10/11/2006). Brown was one of the Rizzolo's former
corporate agents, and represented
the Crazy Horse in 2006.
John Dawson's name has not
yet been mentioned as an alleged co-conspirator, but I believe it's just
a matter of time -- no matter who his brother is -- before the "asset protection"
expert is also subpoenaed for deposition.
In 2008, John Dawson was
a featured speaker at the annual conference of the Southpac Offshore Planning
Institute 2008 Annual Conference held at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. The
is scheduled for Encore at the Wynn Las Vegas on October 1 & 2, 2009,
and John Dawson may again be a featured speaker.
According to a conference
attendee, John Dawson neglected to tell the audience how he hid the Rizzolo's
assets at the same time his brother was presiding over the highly publicized
trials of the couple's goon squad. But during his Southpac presentation,
Dawson reportedly did a good job of analyzing the potential for attorney
liability, a subject he should be acutely aware of.
By no surprise, Mr.
Dawson is also the Rizzolo's corporate agent.
|THE POWER COMPANY, INC.
Business Entity Information
File Date: 6/19/1972
Corporation Corp Number: C1966-1972
NV List of Officers Due: 6/30/2008
Resident Agent Information
Name: JOHN E.
DAWSON, ESQ. Address 1: 300 S. FOURTH ST.
Address 2: SUITE
1700 City: LAS VEGAS
State: NV Zip
Below are excerpts from Lisa
Rizzolo's May 12, 2009 deposition. She clearly demonstrates why mobsters
should not trust their wives with the responsibility of keeping the whereabouts
of their ill-gotten fortune a secret.
Not only did Lisa reveal
the whereabouts of her husband's hidden cash, she revealed that she repeatedly
violated IRS income reporting laws.
I submit the following information
for Lisa Rizzolo's careful consideration:
An agency of the U.S. Department of Justice
Correctional Institution (FCI) in Dublin, California, is a low security
facility housing female offenders. The institution also has an adjacent
administrative detention facility housing adult males on holdover or pre-trial
status, and a minimum security satellite camp housing adult female offenders.
FCI Dublin is located 20 miles southeast of Oakland on the Camp Parks
Army Reserve Forces Training Area (RFTA) Military Base.
Judicial District: Northern California