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will not be able to pay their court ordered
LAS VEGAS - Attorneys for
racketeer Rick Rizzolo last week informed United States Federal Court
Judge Philip M. Pro that their imprisoned client will not allow
Judge Pro to approve a buyer for Rizzolo's former Crazy Horse Too
topless bar who bids less than an amount sufficient to
protect Rick and Lisa Rizzolo's personal assets. But the attorneys
failed to mention that those assets were illegally transferred to
LLC's and a separate property trust in order to keep them from being
confiscated, and after Rick
began his plea
creditors and they will be
forced into bankruptcy."
INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
November 5, 2007
In 2006 -- in the
middle of the well publicized Federal racketeering investigation -- Mr.
Rizzolo hired John
E. Dawson to protect
Dawson is an
asset protection specialist with
Lionel Sawyer and Collins, a political power house in Nevada. John
Dawson is the brother of Federal Court Judge Kent Dawson who
dealt questionably light
sentences to 15
Crazy Horse Too
employees involved with Rizzolo
in robbing and extorting bar patrons.
Judge Dawson neglected to disclose at the trials that his
working at the time for the Rizzolos, or that his brother was the
Resident Agent for Rizzolo's "The
Power Company," and "RICRIZ
LLC," the corporations that
employed the 15 Defendants being tried in Dawson's court.
Dawson brothers - Judge Kent and
Document Type: Trust
Deed Recorded: 08/29/2006 16:25:41 Pgs: 5
SAWYER ET AL
Party: RIZZOLO, LISA M EE
LISA M RIZZOLO
SEPARATE PROPERTY TRUST THE
Party: LMR TRUST AGREEMENT THE
Description: ParcelNum: 16305711072
John Dawson's skill in protecting (?) the Rizzolo's assets, on August
FBI Special Agent Anthony Mace filed a Declaration
with Judge Pro. It states: "Upon due diligence, I have tried to locate
all property of RIZZOLO. I have not been able to find any other
personal or real property of significant value to satisfy debts owed
to the United States and victim."
Amazingly, I am the only journalist in Las Vegas that is telling this
story! But the Dawson segment is the least intriguing when you throw
the following into the mix.
According to Rizzolo's attorneys, if the bids recently
taken on the Crazy
Horse don't pay his personal obligations, then Mr.
Rizzolo -- from his jail cell -- "has the right" to select an
"operator" to re-open his topless bar before the adult use zoning
expires on December 31.
"There are a
plethora of offers
between $28 and $35 million." - Source at CBRE
'If you throw enough mud at a wall, some will stick," was the way
one insider described what he believes is a ploy by Mob associates to
pump up the price of the Crazy Horse Too so as to exclude legitimate
buyers, and cover all Rick and Lisa Rizzolo's financial
obligations plus give them a profit for all their trouble.
When a source at CB Richard Ellis Real Estate
Company (CBRE) was asked if he knew who the high-ball offers came from
if they were qualified buyers, he responded "I do not know who they
In the real estate industry, most buyers in the $28 - $35
million category are well known to commercial brokers
-- especially brokers who work for a company as big as CBRE
-- and especially if the buyers are offering all cash!
So far, there are between 8 and 10 bids on the former
But because a "plethora" of bids came
from outside Las Vegas
and eclipse the
local offers, the U.S. Marshals who are charged with making the final
selection will have their hands full since the real buyer's names
can easily be hidden in LLC's that may hold stock in the high
Crazy Horse Too
Two of my sources
asked the same question; "Why would anyone bid
between $28 and $35 million for a broken down warehouse on 2.65 acres
next to the tracks when the newly constructed "Scores" (formerly
"Jaguars") recently sold for $20 million including an operating liquor
license and 5.5 acres of prime Desert Inn Road land?
And, the Crazy
Horse appraised at only $5.4 million!
The answer may be that the Crazy Horse could only make such a fortune
by robbing and extorting its customers. Scores has no such reputation.
Only someone with plans to resume Rizzolo's brutal business practices
bid so high.
Hopefully, the U.S. Department of Justice is looking at the five
unknown bidders through a microscope and determining if Rizzolo, et al.
lurking in one or more LLC's.
Judge Pro should red flag if the winning bid comes in at five or
six times the property's appraisal of $5.4 million because the Mob has
no intention of giving up its gold mine.
We should know the answer by November 15 when the
winning bid is
expected to be announced.
Rizzolo crony gains $180 million dollar windfall
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal
holding company for the Triple Five Group bought the 5.43-acre site
where the La Concha motel once stood for $180 million, or $33.1 million
per acre, in October."
One of the sellers was Fred Doumani, a close friend and business
associate of Rizzolo. The sale was arranged by none other than CB
Richard Ellis Realty, the same broker who's trying to sell the Crazy
According to a March 25, 1996 story in the Las Vegas Sun
, testimony at a
Senate hearing indicated Rizzolo's pal Joey
in Las Vegas in which Doumani and Rizzolo discussed a failed 1994 bid
to buy the government's seized Bicycle Club casino in Southern
In other words, it would not be hard for the
Justice to connect Rizzolo with Doumani, and it's long been known the
Feds want nothing to do with anyone associated with Rizzolo.
|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.
Now with pockets full of cash, Doumani may want to out bid those
with no ties to Rizzolo and
buy the Crazy Horse Too. According to
witnesses, Doumani was a regular fixture there until it closed, and may
want to help Rick and Lisa Rizzolo by saving their hidden assets
from seizure. Mr. Doumani is known for his loyalty to his friends and
his generosity. However, CB Richard
Ellis may have a conflict of interest in this one, and the Feds need to
be extra vigilant because Doumani has done business with Rizzolo, et
al. in the past.
An amazing MOTION was filed with Judge Pro on October 30, 2007
This MOTION filed by Rizzolo attorneys Patti & Sgro intends to
supersede the contracted obligations of CBRE and requests that if Judge
Pro approves a buyer that bids less than the amount Rick and Lisa
Rizzolo owe, in order to protect their hidden assets, a Third Party
Manager approved by the Rizzolos be appointed to re-open the blood
soaked topless bar before its grandfathered zoning expires and its
worth reverts back to warehouse value.
The MOTION also cries out that Rick and Lisa "are on the verge of
financial ruin if a sale is permitted below $29 million!"
The MOTION boldly states, "Defendant has the right
to oppose a sale
that is below fair market value," then it recommends a choice of one of
two Third Party Managers including the firm that secretly runs the
Philadelphia Crazy Horse Too, or a man who had dealings with
HELLO Patti & Sgro! Your client is locked in a cell at the Los
Angeles Federal Detention Center
. Since when does such a person
have "rights?" Did Willie Nelson have the "right" to turn down the
below market value sale of his farm after it was seized by the Federal
Government? No. And neither should your client -- even with all his
The 53 page MOTION three times mentions "bankruptcy."
In his sentencing of Rizzolo, Judge Pro clearly ordered that bankruptcy
was not an option -- that Rizzolo could not declare bankruptcy to
protect his assets. I can't understand how Patti & Sgro can use
bankruptcy to try to pressure the court at this late date. They were
present when Judge Pro made his order, and did not protest it at the
Since Rizzolo's ex-wife participated in what appears to be a scam to
hide the couple's ill begotten assets derived during the term of their
marriage, she could be charged with
to Defraud the United States of America.
Here are excerpts from Rizzolo's latest and most desperate MOTION filed
Friday November 2:
reports two possible threats on his life
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Slanted
Clam, formerly the "Venetian," was owned by Vinny
Faraci, a former
Crazy Horse manager sentenced by Judge Dawson to 20 weeks in Federal
for participating in racketeering activities at the Crazy Horse Too.
Philadelphia Crazy Horse Too
NOTE: Patti & Sgro
failed to mention that Rick's
Cabaret operates the Philadelphia Crazy Horse Too. According to the October 17, 2007 Philadelphia Business Journal, "A Houston owner of
gentlemen's clubs will buy a controlling stake in the Crazy Horse Too
Cabaret in South Philadelphia, it said Wednesday. Rick's Cabaret
International Inc. (NASDAQ:RICK) will take over a 51 percent interest
in the End Zone Inc., which owns and operates the Crazy Horse Too."
Patti & Sgro also failed to inform Judge Pro that Rizzolo
is the landlord of the Philadelphia Crazy Horse Too.
James "Buffalo Jim" Barrier who operates
an auto repair business next to the former Crazy Horse Too strip club
reports two recent events that he believes to be threats on his life.
On Friday October 26, Barrier, a former
described a group of men coming into his shop at 10 AM identifying
themselves as the new owners of the Crazy Horse Too.
According to Barrier, the men said
they were from Orange County, California and asked Barrier if he knew
Bart Rizzolo? Bart is the father of Rick Rizzolo who is currently
serving a one
year and one day sentence in the Los Angeles Federal Detention Center.
Rizzolo is scheduled to be released on April 4, 2008. The Rizzolo
family is from Anaheim, a city located in Orange County.
Rizzolo owns a 3,700 square foot Newport Beach
vacation home in Orange County.
Barrier said that one of Friday's
visitors called him "Buffalo Bill," and told him, "I don't understand
why they just didn't have you killed?" "It would be easy to do, you
The man then asked questions about
Barrier also described an older man
in the group "glaring" at him in a "menacing way" during the meeting
witnessed by several of Barrier's employees and a reporter from a local
The witnesses were unable to hear the
After the men left the garage,
Barrier informed the FBI of the incident.
On Tuesday, October
30 at 3 PM, Bart
Rizzolo, 80, drove up to Barrier's garage in a Land Rover and,
witnesses, yelled "Jimmy, Jimmy."
Rizzolo no longer has reason to be on
the property since it was seized by the United States Government.
When one of Barrier's mechanics asked
him what he wanted, Rizzolo reportedly said, "I want to talk to Jimmy.
Tell him to come outside."
When informed of the request, Barrier
refused to go outside but asked his employee to tell Rizzolo to come in
to the shop if he wanted to talk. Rizzolo declined the offer and drove
The FBI was informed of the second
bids on Crazy Horse Too
2007 09:37 AM PDT
KVBC TV Channel 3 News
Former City Councilman
Steve Miller is the mob's most outspoken enemy in Las Vegas, and he's
encouraged by the fact that 8-10 new offers were submitted Tuesday from
potential buyers of The Crazy Horse Too.
But, just like the US
Marshals - who now own the club - Miller wants to make sure the
mob has no involvement in the club's future.
FULL STORY including
STREAMING VIDEO: http://www.kvbc.com/Global/story.asp?S=7291439
CBRE, Rick Rizzolo (?), and
the United States Department
of Justice are expected to announce their choice of buyers on or about
purchaser will then have one (1) business day to deposit the required
earnest money for the transaction which is 5% of their offer.
The purchase agreement provides the
selected purchaser with a 15-day due diligence period and a subsequent
closing period contingent on the successful approval of a liquor
license by the Las Vegas City Council at the scheduled council meeting
to be held on either December 5 or 19, 2007. But in no event may the
buyer, if approved by the city council, pay the entire amount of the
agreed purchase price LATER than December 21, 2007.
If the buyer is found to be unsuitable by the Department of Justice,
U.S. Marshals, Judge Pro, or the police, or the city has no appetite
for rushing through a liquor license application (that normally takes
six months), or the purported buyer cannot produce the funds by
December 21, then his earnest money deposit will be returned and the
property auctioned off sometime after the first of the year to remain nothing more than a warehouse --
something many long-time Las Vegans and developers of adjacent high
rise hotels and condos are praying for.
Developers of the reinvigorated areas nearby don't what their guests or
residents looking out expensive hotel room or condominium windows
seeing people being beaten or killed just across the street -- the
trademark of the Rizzolo-run Crazy Horse Too.
But if Judge Pro allows the place to sell for five or six times its
worth to an unknown entity that pays off the Rizzolo's debts and lets
them keep their blood money, the violence is certain to continue, and
my theory that the Mob still runs Las Vegas will be confirmed.
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