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INSIDE VEGAS by Steve
August 20, 2007
LAS VEGAS - When it
rains it pours. Like a late summer monsoon in the neon desert, INSIDE
VEGAS this past week was deluged with new information.
First -- the Federal Court finally got fed up with Rick Rizzolo's stall
tactics and ordered that his and his ex-wife's personal assets can be
seized. Then the city
I love was deluged with information about my personal life --
information I'd rather
keep from my next door neighbors who up until now didn't know much
what I do, especially my involvement with AmericanMafia.com.
on the magazine cover to read the full story
Writing about the mob in a mob
controlled town is hard to do in
Around here, its not healthy to write about the current LV mob. It's
also hard to keep secrets in such a
Andrew Kiraly, CityLife
magazine's managing editor, blew my cover with this week's front page
CityLife is owned by the LV Review-Journal, Nevada's largest
newspaper. So I've been seeing my mug surrounded by sharks looking out
news stands all week. Kinda makes it hard to keep a low profile.
But before you click on the cover, let me make a few
The water in my pool is blue, not green, I would never exploit the
handicapped, and I've run for office 5 times, not 11.
In the story, former Mayor Jan Jones says I had nothing to do with
getting rid of the
old Vegas bus system and replacing it with the state of the art RTC run
CAT (Citizens Area Transit). She neglected to say that when I
was serving on the Clark County Regional Transportation
Commission and City Council, I was assigned the task of
auditing the old transit system. I did too good a job for her taste.
During the audit I discovered the
old operator skimming from $17 to $25 million in fares each year from
Strip route. That's why Commissioner Bruce Woodbury and I went after
her friend and revoked
his company's franchise after 49 years in business, only one year
before the franchise was certain to be renewed. The bus company sued me
threatened to sue Woodbury for exposing their scam. The CEO was a
personal friend of then-Mayor Jones, and had I not been the
"bomb-thrower," "searching and destroying" as she describes, her
buddy's bus system would still be skimming the Strip fares today.
Also, current LV City Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian is named in the
article as someone I tried
to make look like a "mob moll." Though that wasn't my intention,
disclose that she and her family have business dealings with close
friends and associates
of Rick Rizzolo. CityLife
neglected to tell its
readers I also disclosed that Lois' husband Jerry attended
Rizzolo's Farewell Party at Councilwoman Tarkanian's business
partner Freddy Glusman's Newport Beach
restaurant. Soon after the party, Lois voted to
give a liquor license to
Rizzolo's straw man against the advice of the
Metro PD and City Attorney. The straw man proceeded to skim the
Crazy Horse dry while Councilwoman Tarkanian looked the other way.
Otherwise, the article is painfully accurate.
Judge Pro issues ORDER allowing seizure of Rick and
Lisa Rizzolo's personal assets
Late last Thursday, U.S. Federal Judge Philip Pro GRANTED the
motion to authorize the forfeiture, seizure, or sale of Rick and
Lisa Rizzolo's hidden cash, annuities, and fraudulently
transferred houses in Las Vegas, Newport Beach, and
Chicago in the event the sale of the Crazy Horse Too topless bar is not
consummated by Sept. 30, 2007, or if it is sold, the sales price does not
equal the amount of liabilities the Rizzolos owe.
Judge Pro also ORDERED that three named buyers be approved if
they can come up with the money, and that the club must be sold to one
of them by Sept. 30, or it will be auctioned off by the U.S. Marshal.
The 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.
Tuesday, prior to Judge Pro's
ruling, the U.S. Prosecutor mysteriously filed
a motion to keep the names of the three purported buyers sealed. I
guess he thought that if their names surfaced, they might get cold
Pro DENIED the motion and released the names and amount each
Here's what the Prosecutor didn't want you to see (PS: I faxed each of
the "buyers" a copy of this article):
The court also DENIED Rizzolo's motion to appoint "Rick's Cabaret,
Inc." to run the bar until he's released from the Los
Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center
this spring. The reason for
denial was more than obvious. The beatings stopped the minute Rizzolo
It will be interesting to see if any of the above named
"buyers" know that they are buying a pig in a poke because the topless
bar is dark and devoid of a liquor license, and none of the
buyers have a current liquor license in the City of Las Vegas.
Furthermore, any new operator will be faced with having to spend
hundreds of thousands of dollars per week in bribes to unscrupulous
hotel door men, limo, van, and taxi drivers, or face being boycotted.
When the City Council ordered the previous straw man to cease bribing
drivers, the Crazy Horse was subjected to a boycott, and business
dropped to a trickle. In Vegas if a topless bar owner refuses
to pay cash bribes -- between $35 and $70 per passenger -- and
subsequently suffers a boycott, no official action is
ever taken by local authorities. Some
swing and graveyard shift limo, van, and taxi drivers brag about making
over $100,000 in cash per year extorting topless bars, or delivering
tourists to massage
parlors, swinger's clubs, or clandestine whore houses located in
residential neighborhoods. Few drivers realize that they may be
delivering fares to places that beat up people if they refuse to sign
inflated credit card tabs, or worse.
Also keep in mind that the unregulated Sin City sex businesses such as
Asian massage parlors and escort services are responsible for spreading
AIDS to unsuspecting tourists who think prostitution is legal in Clark
County. This has been going on for over ten years with scant
intervention by local law enforcement. The IRS should step in and stop
it immediately since no one will on a local level including the
do-nothing Nevada Board of
The cash bribes are not being reported to the IRS by the transportation
drivers, clubs, and the door men who participate in this form of extortion,
and our tourists are asked to pay a price far beyond what they
It's not known whether the supposed bidders for Rizzolo's bar are aware
that they will be targeted by the disreputable transportation drivers
and door men the moment they open for business.
Let's not forget that Rizzolo and his hidden partners have a friend
in Mayor Oscar Goodman. It wouldn't surprise anyone around here if a
buyer was fast
tracked into being granted a new liquor license.
The Crazy Horse
has grand fathered zoning, and if closed for more than six
months, the zoning reverts to the present zoning which prohibits adult
use within 1,000 feet of another adult use, and the Crazy Horse is
within 1,000 feet of Cheetahs, another strip club.
takes around six months to get a new liquor license approved in Las
Vegas, and the Crazy Horse has been dark for seven weeks -- without
reported beatings, robberies, or murders for the first
time ever. The place was
closed down on June 30, 2007, so it will take a big favor
from Mayor Goodman to approve anyone in the few months left before the
Dec. 31, 2007 deadline on the zoning.
Goodman was Rizzolo's former criminal defense attorney. He got Rizzolo
off with a gross misdemeanor in 1985 after he beat a man almost to
death with a baseball bat behind the Crazy Horse. (The victim, Rick
Sandlin, died three years later of his injuries). Goodman and Rizzolo
have been fast
friends ever since and Goodman has never stopped doing Rizzolo et. al.
favors from behind the scenes at City Hall.
DECLARATION OF FBI AGENT ANTHONY J. MACE
A DECLARATION by an FBI agent contributed to Judge Pro's decision
Wednesday to ORDER that the personal assets of Rick and Lisa Rizzolo be
seized and liquidated in the event a buyer is not found for the Crazy
Horse Too by the deadline of Sep. 30, 2007.
The FBI's continued involvement is greatly appreciated by many in the
Las Vegas community.
estate experts say that the CH2 property without a liquor license is
worth no more than $10 million, especially after a year of bad business
and obvious skimming. So it's questionable why any reputable
business person would offer between $29 and $34 million for a
bar in a dilapidated converted warehouse with such a horrible
national reputation? Do they already know that the LV City Council
fast track a new liquor license to whom ever Rick Rizzolo approves as a
buyer? Can anyone say the dreaded words "Straw Man" again to describe
what's about to happen?
The Rizzolos, according to Agent Mace, have hidden their liquid
assets. New CONTEMPT OF COURT charges should be filed for
his hiding of assets after he was supposed to begin paying his debts to
I also suggest the IRS immediately seize the contents of Mr.
safety deposit boxes in the cashier's cages of MGM Resorts, the Palms,
and Hard Rock casinos where he is known as a "whale."
And isn't it time Rizzolo be inducted into the Nevada Gaming Control
Board's Excluded Person List also known as the "Black
" of persons prohibited from entering casinos? The millions
he's known to gamble were derived from racketeering.
Because of Rizzolo's effort to avoid paying the family of beating
victim Kirk Henry,
or any other debt, on Tuesday at 9 AM, attorney Kim D. Price
representing Buffalo Jim Barrier will enter into evidence Agent Mace's
DECLARATION in RIZZOLO v. BARRIER. Clark County District Court Judge
Elizabeth Gonzalez will then decide whether to reverse her May 31 ORDER
allowing Barrier to place a $1 million dollar lien on the CH2 property
to secure any judgment he may be granted in his upcoming civil
lawsuit. Judge Gonzalez will also be asked by Rizzolo's prestigious
firm of Patti & Sgro
to dismiss Barrier's lawsuit in
If Judge Gonzalez rules in Rizzolo's favor and reverses her ORDER this
Tuesday after so much new evidence is available, Barrier, like Kirk
Henry, will not be expected to recover his losses from assets that have
Here is Agent Mace's fascinating DECLARATION about the Rizzolos hiding
their assets: http://www.stevemiller4lasvegas.com/DeclarationOfAgentMace.html
What the Feds want
(1) The Federal
Government moved U.S. Federal Chief Judge Pro to seize the
personal real estate assets of Lisa Rizzolo. These assets are located
in Newport Beach, Chicago, and Las Vegas.
(2) The FBI informed the Judge that the 2005 divorce of Rick and Lisa
Rizzolo that occurred three weeks after he began plea negotiations,
resulted in the possible hiding of assets including five luxury
automobiles, a $7.2 million dollar annuity, and $5 million in cash.
(3) The family of Kirk Henry have not been paid
one cent from the Rizzolo's personal fortune to cover Kirk's ongoing
medical expenses, and that during the time the City Council allowed the
Crazy Horse to remain open, sales taxes, employee withholding taxes,
and health insurance premiums went missing, and were probably being
skimmed along with an unknown amount of cash.
(4) The Government moved that if not sold by Sept. 30, 2007, the Crazy
Too real estate along with Rick and Lisa Rizzolo's three homes be
forfeited and turned over to E.G. & G. or another Government
contractor for immediate liquidation by the U.S. Marshall, and if the
Crazy Horse is sold and the
property does not bring
enough money to
satisfy all liabilities, the
rest should come from the liquidation of
the Rizzolo's personal assets.
that one or more of the purported buyers is a shell company designed to
disguise La Cosa Nostra investors working at Rizzolo and his hidden
partner's behest to
prevent the forfeiture of his and his ex-wife's personal assets.
The offer not mentioned
One other offer to purchase the Crazy Horse Too is conspicuously
missing from the Federal documents. San Francisco office building
Brugnara has been attempting to purchase the Crazy Horse
for over a year. His top offer was $15 million.
Brugnara said that he's been stonewalled by Rizzolo's attorneys.
Brugnara believes the club is worth only around $10 million, but has
to pay $15 million without a liquor license. He says he will assume the
Nevada Bank loan of $5 million and pay $10 million cash immediately to
whatever entity the Court designates. The offer is without
He calls his offer is "As Is, Where Is." And because there is no liquor
license, the words
"Caveat emptor" (let the buyer beware) really apply!
Brugnara said any deficiencies can be recovered from the Rizzolo's bank
accounts and houses. He claims they were given 12 months to sell the
property, and they didn't. Now he claims to be the only all cash AS IS
offer, and he is being ignored in favor of "buyers" who want to over
pay for a shell of a business with no guarantee they'll get a liquor
license (at least not on the surface).
I certainly hope the FBI and Judge Pro are carefully examining who's
three purported offers listed in last Wednesday's court documents.
Brugnara describes himself as the son of a law enforcement official and
nephew of the former San Francisco Police Chief. His brother and sister
in law are reportedly Federal Prosecutors in California -- hardly the
type person Rizzolo and his friends (including
Mayor Oscar Goodman) would want running a resurrected Crazy Horse
I believe Brugnara is being discounted because he made public
statements that he will not cut a secret deal to include Rick Rizzolo
in as a silent partner.
Another rejected buyer claims to have been treated unfairly because he
also wouldn't cut Rizzolo in as a silent partner. Athanasios
Karahalios told INSIDE VEGAS and the Clark
County District Court that he was
asked to include Rizzolo in as a silent partner along with secretly
employing Rick's son Dominic, brother Ralph, and sister Annette as
a condition of sale, something that
seems to be incumbent in all deals.
Meanwhile, if the "blood
and semen stained" joint isn't sold by Sept. 30, it won't matter
any longer because the United States will be the new owner of the
infamous Crazy Horse Too -- something that should have occurred over a
year ago -- and it should never be a strip club again. Then there will
finally be an end to this seemingly endless story.
note: Steve will be the guest on the Lou Epton Radio
Program, Monday Aug. 20, from 11 AM - 12 noon, PDT. The
program airs daily on KLAV - 1230 AM in Las Vegas,
and is heard on the Internet @ http://www.loueptonshow.com/.
Call in numbers are 702-731-1230 or 1-866-820-5528. The subject will
include information from this week's INSIDE VEGAS column.
Steve Miller is writing a book
about the mob's battle to keep the Crazy Horse open.
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