FBI Wiretap From 1976
Reveals Darkest Side Of
Mob Lawyer Who Became
Mayor Of Las Vegas
Kimtran Rizzolo Defies
Federal Court Order -
Refuses To Reveal Where
She Stashed Over One Million
Dollars Ordered Paid To
Beating Victim Kirk Henry
United States Answers
Rick Rizzolo's Ninth
Circuit Court Appeal -
May Destroy His Chance
Of Release From Jail
And From Two Years
Of Extended Parole
INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
January 30, 2012
LAS VEGAS - And they said the mob left
Vegas years ago...
Veteran Las Vegas investigative reporter
Meek just dropped a bombshell in his latest CityLife column.
Meek provides a 1976 FBI wiretap of then-mob lawyer Oscar Goodman having
a confidential conversation with the late Nick Civella, boss of the Kansas
Like a scene from the movie Casino,
Goodman and Civella discuss the actions of Frank Rosenthal and whether
Rosenthal might become a "snitch." Rosenthal would later survive
a car bombing.
This coming from a man who at the time
claimed that all of his clients were misunderstood innocent businessmen,
or being persecuted because of their Italian surnames.
Even after being elected Mayor of Las Vegas
in 1999, Goodman proclaimed the innocence of his now supposedly former
clients, and professed his complete lack of knowledge about their links
to organized crime.
During his early criminal defense attorney
career, Goodman received the help of his first law partner-mentor-turned-Clark
County District Court Judge-turned Federal Court Judge Harry Claiborne.
With Claiborne assigned to so many Goodman cases, Oscar managed
to get his infamous clients including Tony Spilotro off again and again
to continue terrorizing the citizens of Las Vegas. It happened so regularly
that some courthouse observers speculated that Claiborne was taking bribes,
and Goodman was possibly the bag man.
Based on his success rate, Oscar Goodman
was well known for requiring a one half million dollar retainer prior to
taking on a new criminal defense client. However his performance in the
courtroom left much to be desired compared to the talent of other local
attorneys with less wealthy clients.
(After being sentenced to two years in
prison for tax evasion, Judge Claiborne was impeached by the United States
Congress on July 22, 1986, for bringing disrepute to the federal judiciary.
He was convicted by the U.S. Senate on October 9, 1986, and removed from
the Federal bench.)
Then Oscar Goodman was elected Mayor, and
he was supposed to stop helping his now-ex-clients. But that was wishful
In February 2003, Mayor Goodman hosted
Joey Cusumano at an engagement party held in the Mayor's back yard.
Cusumano is listed in Nevada's
Black Book of persons excluded from entering Nevada casinos.
In May 2003, Charles
"The Moose" Panarella was hosted by Mayor Goodman at Las Vegas City
Hall. Panarella is also listed in the Black Book and is reportedly a member
of the Colombo crime family.
When they needed help from the LV City
Council, Goodman's ex-clients simply hired
his partners in the Goodman Law firm, i.e., when former clients Al
Rapuano or Rick
Rizzolo came before the council represented by one of Goodman's former
law partners, Oscar was on their side! That's until July 10, 2006 when
I filed an ethics
complaint against Goodman that forced him to abstain on matters involving
Rizzolo, and stopped his favors cold! His childlike response? "Tell
Steve Miller he can suck my big toe!"
(Editor's note: Steve Miller was the author
and sponsor of the original City of Las Vegas Ethics in Government
I believe had I not filed the complaint
that cleared the way in 2007 for the unconflicted members of the LV City
Council to close
down Rizzolo's Crazy
Horse Too, the bar would still be open with club patrons beaten
and robbed on a regular basis as was Rizzolo's business model that
made him and his family multimillionaires.
Oscar Goodman stepped down based on term
limits, and his wife Carolyn was elected in 2011 to succeed him as Mayor.
Since then, Oscar stays busy acting as the ambassador of Las Vegas; running
a steakhouse named Oscar's
Beef, Booze, and Broads; and putting the finishing touches on a
taxpayer funded Mob Museum in downtown Las Vegas - the latter being the
basis for Glen Meek's column.
|Mob boss, Line 1!
With the Mob Museum about to open, this
wiretapped conversation featuring Oscar Goodman is one exhibit we'd like
to see in there (and just might)
Las Vegas CityLife
January 27, 2012
by GLEN MEEK
And if Goodman and Civella are -- as the
feds alleged -- discussing Rosenthal, then one might wonder whether Civella's
concerns ultimately had something to do with the bomb that went off under
Rosenthal's car after the mob bosses were indicted for skimming, but Rosenthal
COLUMN INCLUDING WIRETAP AUDIO
Motion For Contempt Filed
Against Kimtran Rizzolo and attorney Herb Sachs
United States Magistrate Judge George Foley
on January 4, 2012, ordered Rick Rizzolo's stepmother Kimtran Rizzolo to
"provide full and complete responses" in writing to all interrogatory questions
about where she hid $1,052,006.03 dollars derived from the sale of the
Philadelphia Crazy Horse Too. The money was part of a court ordered $10
million dollar restitution to be paid to Kirk Henry who suffered a broken
neck and quadriplegia in 2001 after he disputed a padded bar tab at the
Las Vegas Crazy Horse Too. Kimtran's late husband Bart
Rizzolo was secretly
paid the money in order to keep it out of the hands of beating
victim Kirk Henry, and the IRS.
It has been disclosed that Kimtran is paying
Rick Rizzolo's legal bills from these funds.
and her attorney Herb Sachs (left) were given until January 20, 2012 to
comply with the Court Order. They failed to do so.
Based on Kimtran's and her attorney Herb
Sachs' refusal to produce Supplemental Discovery in compliance with a January
4, 2012 ORDER TO COMPEL from the U.S. Federal Court, attorneys for Henry
on January 23, 2012, filed a 9 page "MOTION FOR CONTEMPT AGAINST DEFENDANT
KIMTRAN RIZZOLO AND HER LEGAL COUNCIL AND FOR ENFORCEMENT OF MONETARY SANCTIONS
FOR CONTEMPT (A MUST READ!)
FOR MORE INFORMATION, READ: "From
Me Account?" "What You Mean?" - Kimtran
Rizzolo - October 12, 2011
United States Answers
Rick Rizzolo's Ninth Circuit Court Appeal
On March 19, 2012, the UNITED STATES COURT
OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT will hold a hearing to consider convicted
racketeer Rick Rizzolo's October 11, 2011 appeal of his additional nine
month prison sentence and two year extension of his parole for violating
the conditions of his supervised release by failing to report income from
the sale of the Philadelphia Crazy Horse Too.
Las Vegas attorney Dominic Gentile will
present Rick Rizzolo's appeal. Gentile's legal fee is being paid by Kimtran
Rizzolo who is illegally in possession of over a million dollars in proceeds
from the sale of the Philadelphia property that was court ordered to be
paid to Kirk Henry.
In his APPEAL, Rick Rizzolo claims that
because Henry was not a statutorily-recognized “victim” under the Crime
Victims’ Rights Act, his attorneys had no right to speak at his revocation
proceeding, and United States Judge Philip Pro (who also presides over
Henry's civil case) had no discretion to permit Henry's attorney to do
so. Rizzolo also claims prejudice based on plaintiffs’ counsel’s characterization
of him as a “gangster” who should go “back to jail.” Rizzolo is now asking
the Ninth Circuit Court to vacate the parole revocation order and remand
his case to “a different district court judge without input from Mr. and
Mrs. Henry or their counsel.” Rizzolo also suggests that law enforcement’s
original interest in him were derived from the fact that he “was Italian
and . . . in the topless club business”.
121 PAGE APPEAL
STATES' 33 PAGE ANSWER TO RIZZOLO'S APPEAL (A
Because its been over ten years since his
beating and Kirk Henry has yet to receive a dime from the Rizzolo's personal
in the Cook Islands, Henry filed a Uniform Fraudulent Transfers Act
lawsuit in Federal Court against Rick, Lisa, and Kimtran Rizzolo that's
making its way through the court.
Meanwhile, Lisa Rizzolo could soon face
Federal Income Tax Evasion charges for not reporting the off shore accounts
on her tax forms for the years 2005, 2006, and 2007.
Please take the time to click on the links
to the recent Federal Court Motions and Orders to get the big picture of
this ad nauseam case.
It appears that the Rizzolos will go to
almost any extreme including going to jail in order to not pay the IRS,
and to keep Kirk Henry's money. It's also rumored that Kimtran may have
cut ties to Rick and Lisa, and intends to keep the million dollars for
herself even if it means spending a year or so in a federal
low security facility for female offenders.
The Federal Court is expected to issue
sanctions against Kimtran within the next week or two. And Kirk Henry's
UFTA case is expected to be heard before the summer. Lisa and Kimtran's
response to the court's sanctions and orders will reveal the Rizzolo's
true intentions, while Rick supervises from his prison cell.
Will the ladies pay their court ordered
debts? Or will Rick let the matriarchs of his family suffer the legal consequences.
Recommended reading: "Of
Rats and Men," Oscar Goodman's Life from Mob Mouthpiece to Mayor of
Las Vegas, by John L. Smith