ORDER against Bart Rizzolo
INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
December 3, 2007
LAS VEGAS - On November 26, a RESTRAINING ORDER was issued prohibiting
former topless bar owner Bart Rizzolo
from stalking or harassing garage owner Buffalo Jim Barrier.
prohibits the 77 year old father of incarcerated racketeer Rick Rizzolo
from coming within 100 ft. of Barrier for at least 30 days.
According to the ORDER issued by Judge Deborah J.
Lippis, "sufficient representations have been made
that you, the Adverse Party, have committed and/or are committing
and/or remain a threat to commit the offense(s) of stalking, aggravated
stalking, or harassment..." against Barrier.
On Friday, November 16, Barrier and one of his customers along
with eye witnesses filed a police report stating Bart Rizzolo
intentionally tried to run Barrier and the unnamed
customer over in the parking lot of his garage located next to the
Crazy Horse Too.
It was not known why Rizzolo was on the property after the Crazy
Horse bar and real estate was seized from
his family on August 30, 2007. Its suspected that the elder
Rizzolo is closely affiliated with a yet unnamed entity that
the government has approved to purchase the property and reopen
the troubled topless bar.
Rizzolo through his corporation The Power Company, Inc. in 2006
pleaded guilty to Racketeering for the beatings of bar patrons who
refused to pay bogus credit card bills.
Why Bart Rizzolo is regularly seen on the Crazy Horse property
remains a mystery. Now based on the RESTRAINING ORDER, the elder
Rizzolo will not be allowed to meet with the "new
owners" on the physical property for at least the next
30 days while Barrier is nearby in his garage.
The ORDER stipulates that Bart must remain at least 100 feet away
from Barrier. The two
entrances to the Crazy Horse are 50 and 55 feet from Barrier's front
and rear doors, and Barrier is in his office at the garage at least 12
hours per day
Monday through Saturday, and has a sophisticated TV surveillance system
monitoring the inside and outside of his business in case someone
associated with the former owners of the property try to extract
Prior to the Restraining Order, Bart Rizzolo was regularly seen
entering the shuttered bar even after its August 30 seizure by the U.S.
prominently posted "No Trespassing" signs, the signs didn't appear
to apply to Rizzolo and his son Ralph because they
were not arrested after Barrier called the Marshal's Office
on several occasions to report them trespassing. The marshals
showed up each time hours after the Rizzolos left. The locks were
finally changed four weeks after the property was seized, but the
inside of the building was probably thoroughly looted by family members
during those four weeks according to witnesses.
Servants, or Pubic Servants?
Then at 10 AM, Tuesday November 20,
Marshals showed back up on the Crazy Horse property, but for a
marshals appeared in Allstate Auto to inform
Barrier they had received a complaint from the Patti & Sgro
law firm who represent Rick Rizzolo. The marshals said the
complaint involved Allstate customer's vehicles blocking
ingress/egress to the shuttered property.
Barrier reportedly informed the marshals that all vehicles were
designated parking spaces; he was abiding by all laws; and that Patti
& Sgro have absolutely no authority over the property since it was
seized by the United States Government.
He then stated that this was the latest in a series of
harassing actions perpetrated by the lawyers on behalf of their
Barrier told the marshals he has a $1 million dollar
court ordered forfeiture ORDER against Rizzolo's assets in the event he
wins a harassment
in which Patti & Sgro represent the Defendant.
Barrier, a former pro wrestler, stated he will not
comply with any demands made by Patti & Sgro on behalf of convicted
criminals who want to interfere with his business. The marshals left
the property and have not returned.
Barrier said that the misuse of the U.S. Marshal's
Service was one more example of the type of harassment he's had to
suffer at the hands of the Rizzolo family and their politically
connected attorneys. Though he doesn't blame the individual marshals,
he said he'll use their sudden visit as evidence during the trial
expected to be scheduled soon after Rizzolo is released from prison.
But Barrier's biggest question is why mob lawyers Dean
Patti and Tony Sgro still have an interest in the
property after Judge Philip Pro ordered it sold to persons with
no ties to organized crime? And why did the marshal's pay attention to
their demands? Maybe because Patti
& Sgro represent The Mortgage Broker
, one of the "approved"
bidders on the
U.S. Attorney Daniel Hollingsworth said the name of the potential buyer
will be kept under wraps until the deal is finalized. Hollingsworth
the buyers have already been harassed and any further problems could
cause the sale to fall apart. He didn't elaborate on the nature of the
- Las Vegas Review-Journal,
November 27, 2007
Today's INSIDE VEGAS column wouldn't
be necessary if Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian hadn't done a big favor on November 7 for
Rick Rizzolo and her husband, former UNLV basketball coach Jerry
Nor would this column be necessary if the Bush Administration hadn't
Attorney for Nevada Daniel Bogden who, I believe, wouldn't have
allowed what his assistant is now attempting to do in total secrecy.
Mr. Bogden would have reprimanded his assistant for shaking Rick
Rizzolo's hand in the courtroom on the day of his sentencing, and Mr.
Bogden would have located and seized Rick and Lisa Rizzolo's hidden
assets by now and paid Kirk and Any Henry. He may have also
disclosed the powers at Las Vegas City Hall and in our nation's capitol
who are protecting Rizzolo's criminal enterprise.
That's probably why Daniel Bogden and seven other outstanding United
States Attorneys were fired. They were all doing their jobs without
fear of political repercussion. Locally, the problems began when an
assistant took over the U.S. Attorney's office in the middle of
"Operation Crazy Horse."
Then there's Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian who sponsored an ordinance to
change the zoning law that was about to shut down the Crazy Horse Too
on December 30. Based on her new law, the bar's zoning will remain in effect
for six more months until May 7, 2008. Rizzolo will now be out of jail in time
to personally participate in the supposed sale of his club. He's
scheduled to be released on April 4, 2008 giving him a month to
personally finalize the sale thanks to his friends Jerry Tarkanian and
a local developer who has a home in Newport Beach.
Maybe that was the good news that inspired Bart to try to run over
Tarkanain was regularly seen in
Rick Rizzolo's expensive sky box at the Thomas and
Mack stadium during championship boxing matches. Jerry also attended
Rick's infamous April 29, 2007 Going to Prison Party in Newport Beach.
doing Rizzolo a favor at the behest of her husband, but instead told an
INSIDE VEGAS source that she sponsored the ordinance at the request of
Ernie Becker, a former Las Vegas developer and current Newport Beach
vacation home owner. Rick Rizzolo also has a beach house in Newport, a
favorite getaway town for the Tarkanians and other Sin City movers and
Then there's those "harassment" remarks from Assistant
U.S. Attorney Daniel Hollingsworth. INSIDE
VEGAS is the only media reporting the details of the Crazy Horse Too
sale. So it's these investigative columns that obviously constitute "harassment"
in Hollingsworh's mind.
What is so important about getting a shuttered topless bar
sold so it can re-open? Why is an Assistant U.S. Attorney intent on
keeping the purported buyer's name a secret? And why hasn't the federal
court seized the Rizzolo's personal assets to pay beating victim Kirk
Henry, and the IRS?
selling a topless bar a matter of national security?
The following facts may be what Assistant U.S. Attorney Hollingsworth calls
"harassment." To his obvious dismay, every potential buyer of the Crazy
Horse Too reads this column on a regular basis, so I gladly offer my
carefully researched information to help them with their due diligence.
In September 2007, the government paid to have the Crazy Horse Too land
buildings appraised. The appraisal came back at only $5.4
million without a liquor
license. Hollingsworth did not reveal this information to the public,
though the appraisal was paid for by the taxpayers. I had to obtain the
document from a confidential source.
purchase the property as a topless bar, any buyer needs to consider its
location in the
seediest part of town; horrible reputation; being dark for six months;
need to bribe transportation drivers $50 per passenger to bring people
there; Allstate Auto's leasehold; and the pending eminent domain taking
of a 23 foot deep swath of
the property's entire frontage sometime in 2009.
If my disclosure of
above facts "harass" potential buyers and cause the sale to fall apart,
that's too bad. I'm just getting warmed up!
Instead of auditioning for Let's Make a Deal, Assistant U.S. Attorney
Daniel Hollingsworth should be spending the taxpayer's time and money
going after the Rizzolo's hidden personal assets to pay Kirk Henry's
past due medical bills and the IRS. In the meantime, Hollingsworth is
working full time trying to find a buyer willing to pay five times
market value in order to rid a criminal of his court ordered personal
debts. Why? I wish Daniel Bogden was here to answer the question.
local strip club operators interviewed by INSIDE VEGAS placed the value
of the building and property with an active
liquor license at no more
than $18 million. So why would anyone -- other than La Cosa
bid $31 million for such a place?
And why isn't Hollingsworth investigating attorney John Dawson who
arranged for Rizzolo's assets to be protected from forfeiture? Maybe
works for a law firm associated with U.S. Senator Harry
Reid. Senator Reid appointed John Dawson's brother Kent to the
Federal Bench. U.S. Federal Judge Kent Dawson let 16 Crazy Horse
Defendants off with slaps on the wrist after presiding over their
without disclosing that his brother is one of Rick Rizzolo's
attorneys, and the Senator who appointed him to the bench is the
business partner of the Crazy Horse Too's former
Brown who is a law partner of LV Mayor Oscar Goodman who was once
corporate agent and attorney.
that Mayor Oscar Goodman and his dwarfs on the city council are primed
to give anyone who pays off
Rizzolo's personal debts a new liquor license -- no questions asked.
One of his dwarfs, Councilman Steve Wolfson, is married to District Court Judge Jackie Glass who
recently denied attorneys for beating victim Kirk Henry the ability to
examine Rick Rizzolo's personal assets after they got tired of waiting
for their client to receive his settlement (and their legal fees).
sits in his motorized wheelchair wondering where his money is and why
Feds haven't confiscated Rizzolo's illegally transferred assets worth
much more than Henry's $9 million dollar unpaid settlement from 2005?
And then there was Mr. Hollingsworth's August 13, 2007 failed attempt
keep the Crazy Horse Too bidder's names from public view. In his
Hollingsworth wrote; "The general public should not be allowed to know
the proposed offers, the proprietary information, etc., since Rizzolo
will select one to see it it will complete the sale. If it fails,
Rizzolo will select the next one."
when does a convicted convict have such rights? And, without the public
being "allowed to know?" People were killed and maimed at the Crazy
Horse Too. The public has every right to know everything there is about
Since Hollingsworth's MOTION was wisely
denied by U.S. Federal Judge
Philip Pro, I've been reminded that Rick Rizzolo was
somehow granted the "right" to turn down buyers who did not cover all
his personal debts. This was part of his amazing Plea Agreement, and he
can exercise this unprecedented authority from his prison cell.
But where in Rizzolo's weird Plea Agreement did it say he could
mortgage the Crazy
Horse Too property for $5 million the week before he was indicted and
hide the proceeds? Where in his Plea Agreement did it say he could
mortgage his three houses the week before he was indicted and hide the
proceeds? Where in his Plea Agreement did it say he could cash in his $
7.2 million dollar annuity and hide the proceeds -- all with the help
the brother of Federal Court Judge Dawson?
No wonder Hollingsworth won't investigate. If he did, it might
embarrass a U.S. Senator and his appointed Federal Judge who sure look
like they helped a convicted racketeer keep his ill-gotten fortune out
the hands of a paraplegic and the IRS.
So it's Let's Make a Deal time!
Experts say the Crazy Horse, if operated without the drug sales,
prostitution, money laundering, and extortion, is only worth $18
million, max. The only way they say it would be worth the $31 million
Hollingsworth says his "approved"
is offering is if the highly profitable criminal activities
And regarding "harassment," I believe I recently exposed the name
of one of Hollingsworth's "approved" buyers and may have also disclosed
buyer's direct ties to Rick Rizzolo
. That's good investigative
journalism Mr. Hollingsworth
, a far cry from "harassment."
Last week after Daniel Hollingsworth made his "harassment" remark, I
learned that other buyers who he had "approved" were
back calling investors for hard money loans. It sounds like the sale is
truly falling apart, though that's certainly not my fault. I'm only
doing my job keeping his "approved" buyers informed of what they're
getting in to. I was on this story many years before Hollingsworth
entered the scene, and therefore know much more about the subject.
An interview with Buffalo Jim Barrier
did you request a restraining order against Bart Rizzolo?
BARRIER: Because he tried
to run me
and my customer over with his Range Rover. My first thought was to get
us out the way to avoid danger, but in the back of my mind
I would've loved to have body slammed his Ranger Rover with him in it.
(STATS: Barrier - 305 lbs, Range Rover - 6,800 lbs.)
What was Bart doing on the property after
it was seized by the United State of America?
I think he has a pipe dream
that he and his family are going to regain control of the criminal
enterprise that made him and his family a fortune.
Since Councilwoman Tarkanian arranged for
the Crazy Horse to be able to re-open for an additional six months,
what do you think will come next?
I think after Rick Rizzolo
gets out of prison in April, he will weasel his way back into hidden
ownership of the club. He's an expert on that kind stuff. He's a career
criminal and has been in a criminal element all his life.
How is he going to become a hidden owner
without Judge Pro finding out?
Anyone who would bid $31 million for a shuttered topless
bar, that tells me that Rizzolo is trying to cover all his debts with
the help of the U.S. Attorney's office. If he covers his debts, he's
back as a secret owner after the Feds lose interest in the case a
couple years from now.
you know what the Crazy Horse is worth?
The Crazy Horse with a
liquor license is worth approximately $15 million. The buyer would need
a big stash of money to get it running again. The foundation is sinking
into the ground. It has a bad reputation. There's rats running around
inside the building. And they would need to buy me out so they could
wrap around the building to put in a side entrance facing the underpass
after the road takes away their front entrance in 2009.
The place is still haunted
by the beating death of Scott Fau, Rick Sandlin and others along with
the attempted murder of Kirk Henry. It's jinxed and can never be the
same. That essentially kills its value.
Its best use is as a
warehouse. But as a topless bar, the government shouldn't allow that to
happen just to bail Rizzolo out of his debt. The only one who could pay
enough to bail Rizzolo out is another criminal who will go back to
prostitution and drug sales to cover expenses, and skim the rest like
I spent over a quarter
century of my life dealing with this monkey business, and the
should never allow the criminal activity to resume. This is the United
States of America! Las Vegas has enough problems without having
tourist trap or clip joint run by criminals to rip off and hurt
tourists and give our city a black eye.
Believe me, it was no fun
watching this happen for the past 25 years. Just shut the place down
and put in legitimate businesses.
But if it is sold as a topless bar, what's
the least its worth?
It's been shut down for a
long time. It would take $50 per head bribes for the cab drivers to
bring people back. The top notch girls are afraid to work there because
it's been shut down twice in one year. The place is a real toilet, and
only the bottom of the barrel type dancers would work there now. Even
if the place was sold for $6 million, and it did $6 million a year
business, the interest on the $6 million would be $2 million per year,
your liquor bill on $6 million in bar sales would be $900,000 per year,
utilities at $10,000 month is $120,000 per year, the 17% tax on $6
million per year is $900,000, your licensing fees are $25,000 per year,
and your payroll minus perks is $1.8 million per year. This leaves you
about $250, 000 per year for advertising, profit, and bribing cabbies
to the tune of $10,000 a day in cash like Rizzolo used to do when he
was at the top of his game. It's a real loser unless it goes back to
beating money out of people, selling drugs, and offering sex for sale.
Only a criminal would pay over $18 million.
Is there anything else you want to say?
I won't accept seeing it
come back as a criminal enterprise after spending 25 years of life
trying to stop the violence. The place should be torn down. That's it.
to Kirk Henry: In
order to prevent what happened to you ever happening to anyone else,
please encourage your attorneys to go after Rick and Lisa Rizzolo's
personal assets instead of advocating the reopening of their business.
Note to Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel
Hollingsworth: You are
about to sell the Crazy Horse back into Mob hands. No legitimate
business person would pay what you are asking, and I can't help but
fully aware of what you're doing. Otherwise you'd demand complete
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