Court approves locating
Lisa Rizzolo's hidden assets
INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
September 1, 2008
LAS VEGAS - The following
ORDER filed on August 13, begins the long delayed process for attorneys
victim Kirk Henry to force Lisa Rizzolo to disclose the whereabouts
of her and her convicted racketeer husband Rick
Rizzolo's hidden assets.
Rick, the former owner of
the now-defunct Crazy Horse Too strip club, has been recently observed
at Strip casinos squandering
hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash on a nightly basis.
The ORDER is based on a
Fraudulent Transfers Act lawsuit filed in June. If their hidden
assets are not located, it could result in the indictment of Lisa,
and the return of Rick to federal prison. Their court ordered debts total
over $28 million dollars!
In order to secure a reduced
sentence and to save his father, brother, and sister from prosecution,
Rick agreed in his 2006 Plea Agreement to pay these debts.
He also agreed to not declare
The ORDER comes
on the heals of the twice-postponed ARRAIGNMENT of Rick and Lisa's 26 year
old son Dominic who is charged with stabbing a man during a botched extortion
What is most disturbing about
Dominic's ARRAIGNMENT being postponed, not once, but twice, is the fact
that the Clark County District Attorney, David Roger, among other high
level local public officials, has been the recipient of Rick Rizzolo's
only did Roger receive, then purport to return, over $50,000 in campaign
contributions generated by Rick and Lisa Rizzolo, he also accepted free
campaign office space in a building owned by Dominic's criminal defense
attorney Tony Sgro.
Now, seven months after the
alleged stabbing occurred, the DA did not object when Dominic's attorney
requested a second CONTINUANCE.
Dominic's presence in the
court was waived on August 26, 2008 when the CONTINUANCE was granted. Now
alleged victim Billy
Moyer will be forced to wait an additional seven weeks to seek justice.
The judge presiding over
the case, Douglas Herndon, has been on the bench since 2006, and I can
find no reports of him receiving campaign contributions from Rizzolo, et.
By coincidence, the length
of time it has taken for Kirk Henry's attorneys to gain a COURT ORDER
to open DISCOVERY has also been problematic. I penned an AmericanMafia.com
story on September
9, 2007 about the brother of a federal court judge signing on to create
a program of asset protection to help protect and then hide the Rizzolo's
vast personal fortune from forfeiture.
I may have hit a nerve because
until recently it seemed impossible for Henry's attorneys to get a judge
to allow the examination of the Rizzolo assets. It seemed that someone
-- maybe the asset protection attorney's federal judge brother -- might
find egg on his face if it were known his next of kin was helping the Rizzolos
hide their assets at the same time he, the judge, was doling out light
sentences to 15 of Rizzolo's ex-employees.
And the judge failed to disclose
this little tid bit during the trials and sentencing. (Federal court judges
are appointed for life, and only the president can remove one before they
die if they don't retire voluntarily.)
In this case, the judge who
sentenced the "Crazy Horse 15" was appointed by U.S. Senator for Nevada
Harry Reid who is the business partner of Jay Brown who is one of the Crazy
Horse Too's former attorneys. Brown is also the business and law partner
of current LV Mayor Oscar Goodman who was once Rick Rizzolo's attorney
and corporate agent.
No wonder it's taken so long
to open DISCOVERY in KIRK HENRY v. RICK RIZZOLO, and we won't know the
whereabouts of Rick and Lisa's assets until May 13, 2009.
And, no wonder Dominic Rizzolo
will still be running the streets nine months after stabbing Billy Moyer.