Will new information put Rizzolo back in prison?
Or will a racketeer, an ex-parking valet, and a porn star make
a U.S. Attorney and Federal Judge look like meat heads?
"In the instant case, the Government
has no opposition to the Court initiating
supervised release revocation proceedings
based on information and materials
contained in the Henrys' filing.
The Government is still reviewing these materials
to determine what action it believes
it should take in regard to this matter, in
particular in light of the Henrys'
August 2010 deposition of defendant Rizzolo.
Based on information in the Henrys'
filing, the Henrys' allegations, if found
accurate, would appear to serve as
a basis for revoking or extending
defendant Rizzolo's supervised release."-
U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden
father Rick Rizzolo owns a strip club in Las Vegas Badda BIng."
has watched his strip club go down in the dumps that they took
away from him,
and he rebuilt a new club." -
Porn star Ericka Lockett
Porn star Ericka Lockett
U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden
U.S. Judge Philip Pro
INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
October 4, 2010
LAS VEGAS - Based on a series of startling
revelations and the convicted racketeer's own words in a deposition, Rick
Rizzolo may now face an increased chance of having his parole revoked.
Two years before
the federal government shut down Rizzolo's former strip club the Crazy
Horse Too, he entered into plea negotiations with United States Attorney
for Nevada Daniel Bogden. In exchange for a shortened prison sentence Rizzolo
agreed to sell his strip club and pay over $27 million dollars in debts
$9 million to beating
victim Kirk Henry, and over $4 million to the IRS. Since Rizzolo was
released from prison in April 2008, he has made U.S. Attorney Bogden and
the Nevada Department of
Parole and Probation look like meat heads by refusing to pay one dime
of his obligations, and by cleverly
hiding his fortune off shore so it can't be frozen or seized.
In 2008, Rizzolo's
god son and former Crazy Horse Too parking valet Rick
Belcastro miraculously came up with over ten million dollars to build
one of Vegas' most lavish gentleman's clubs named "Badda Bing." Since then,
many have held suspicion that Rizzolo has hidden ownership in the strip
club. This suspicion is now being bolstered by newly surfaced information
from a women who claims to be Rick Rizzolo's biological daughter, and if
there's truth in her allegation, Rizzolo is in serious violation of the
conditions of his supervised release.
"As part of Rizzolo’s
conditions of supervised release and pursuant to his plea agreement, Rizzolo
is not permitted to own or operate or have any involvement with any strip
clubs or similar businesses involved in pornography or erotic entertainment
or media in the United States and its territories for the rest of his life."-
of Justice press release, January 23, 2007.
"My biological father
Rick Rizzolo owns a strip club in Las Vegas Badda BIng," stated Erika Lockett,
33, on her MySpace
"...my dad has watched his strip club go
down in the dumps that they took away from him, and he rebuilt a new club
and it's going good from what I understand and what I hear," stated Lockett
in her YouTube video.
At 3:23 seconds into the following (not
X-Rated video), Ms. Lockett alleges that her "dad rebuilt a new club,"
inferring this occurred since he was released from prison -- a blatent
violation of his plea agreement. In earlier posts, she named Badda Bing
as that strip club.
Click on image to view. Dial in 3:23 seconds
for remarks about Rick Rizzolo
In her MySpace
photo gallery (926 photos - not X-Rated), Ms. Lockett shares a number of
photos of Rick Rizzolo including one showing Buffalo
Jim Barrier and me outside the Las Vegas Federal Courthouse, along
with several news articles about the Crazy Horse Too.
Though intriguing, Ms. Lockett's allegations
have not yet been verified.
Long after witnesses began reporting that
Rizzolo was living
a life unlike any other parolee, attorneys for Kirk Henry on September
9, 2010 filed a strongly worded MOTION
in federal court asking that Rizzolo's supervised release be either revoked,
or extended past its April 2011 expiration.
At the time the Motion was filed, Henry's
attorneys had no knowledge of Erika Lockett or her allegation that Rizzolo
has gone back into the strip club business.
Henry's MOTION resulted in the following
Federal Court ORDER:
Kirk and Amy Henry's Motion states: "Rick
Rizzolo is a convicted felon on supervised release who owes millions of
dollars in restitution to the victims of his crimes. Nonetheless, he was
allowed (emphasis added) to engage in massive financial transactions
for his own benefit, at the expense of his victims, despite the fact that
he is expressly prohibited from doing so under his conditions of supervised
release. Incredibly, Rick Rizzolo even had the audacity not to file a tax
return in 2008 or 2009 because he 'didn't make any money.' "
"Simply put, Rick Rizzolo does not lead
the life of an ex-convict who owes millions of dollars to the Henrys and
the Government. Indeed, by effectively disregarding his restitution obligations
and conditions of supervised release without consequence
(emphasis added), Rick Rizzolo has been allowed (emphasis
added) to live as if his transgressions over the past decade never occurred.
The following details of Rick Rizzolo's post-release behavior demonstrate
stunning lack of oversight (emphasis added) into his behavior along
with a complete failure to enforce the penalties (emphasis
added) imposed on him as a result of his criminal conviction."
"He never disclosed any of the subsequent
transactions to his probation officer even though he was ordered to do
so. In addition, Rick Rizzolo never disclosed any of these transactions
to the Internal Revenue Service. More importantly, Rick Rizzolo did not
attempt to use this vast sum of money to meet his restitution obligations
to the Henrys."
"...he has also ignored the express strictures
governing his supervised release and the Department of Parole and Probation
is either unwilling or powerless (emphasis added) to do anything
about it " "Nevertheless, the Government has taken no action to enforce
Rick Rizzolo's conditions of supervised release (emphasis added)
pertaining to the consummation of financial transactions."
The Motion inspired the following local
Sep. 10, 2010
Copyright © Las
JOHN L. SMITH: RIZZOLO
TROUBLE: Since leaving prison, Rizzolo "has received over $1.1 million
from his financial dealings," according to the motion. He is accused of
failing to disclose his business transactions in violation of the conditions
of his supervised release.
Sep. 15, 2010
Copyright © Las
JOHN L. SMITH: Motion
paints a picture of Rizzolo thumbing his nose at justice: Meanwhile, Rizzolo
has lived lavishly, neglecting to fulfill the conditions of his parole
and failing to find work. Court documents suggest Rizzolo doesn't have
trouble paying his party debts, just his societal ones.
On October 1, 2010, U.S. Attorney Daniel
Bogden filed a 4 page RESPONSE
to Judge Pro's Order:
"In the instant case, the Government has
no opposition to the Court initiating supervised release revocation proceedings
based on information and materials contained in the Henrys' filing. The
Government is still reviewing these materials to determine what action
it believes it should take in regard to this matter, in particular in light
of the Henrys' August 2010 deposition of defendant Rizzolo. Based on information
in the Henrys' filing, the Henrys' allegations, if found accurate, would
appear to serve as a basis for revoking or extending defendant Rizzolo's
(Rick Rizzolo's August 17 & 18, 2010
DEPOSITION: Pg. 1-48,
If Judge Pro revokes Rizzolo's parole and
schedules a date for him to return to prison, it's suggested that the judge
also seize Rizzolo's passport in the interim.
Meanwhile, the question remains as to whether
Rick Rizzolo is the owner of Badda Bing as alleged by Ericka Lockett and
Perhaps the one to ask is Rizzolo's former
parking valet who is the proclaimed owner of Badda Bing. (The Nevada Secretary
of State lists an LLC as the owner, so no persons need be named under Nevada
Click on image to watch the (not X-Rated)
video, then try to decide how such
a person got the money to singularly
build a multi-million dollar strip club.
The ball is now in Judge Pro's hands. With
the reserved blessings of the U.S. Attorney, Judge Pro must now decide
whether to apply the court's authority to force Rick and Lisa Rizzolo to
repatriate the millions they stashed off shore, or put Rick back in prison
until he does. There is new case
law that says the court can imprison persons who willfully evade paying
court ordered obligations by putting their ill-gained riches in off shore
In her video (at 3:23), Erika Lockett lists
the two people who inspire her most as "my dad Rick Rizzolo and Dennis
Rodman." I hope Rizzolo mans up to pay his financial obligations
so he doesn't blow his image with his alleged biological daughter.
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