"A cross between
Boy's Town, and Sodom and Gomorrah"
VEGAS by Steve Miller
City's" warped standards finally required the Feds to step in to clean
What was once a nice community has become "A
cross between Boy's Town, and Sodom and Gomorrah" according to
strip club manager
Buonotony who just testified in an ongoing public corruption
trial that's tarnished dozens of local
public officials, and brought embarrassment upon our city (if
that's still possible!). Or maybe it
was better described in George Magazine as a
berserk" by Chuck Gardner, retired Nevada Deputy Attorney General.
Either way, this town's in deep trouble.
The first of two fascinating trials is currently underway in United States District Court
. On the stand last week
was government witness Michael Galardi, the
former owner of Las Vegas and San
strip clubs, who pleaded
guilty to bribing
public officials with cash or sex
In this public corruption trial, so far Galardi has accused over a
dozen local public officials including the mayor, judges, county
city councilmen, cops, DA's, the county treasurer, county manager, and
county business license director of being on his payroll. Galardi's
accounts of pay offs and sex are corroborated by his former bouncer
Brent Kenton Jordan in his book "Stripped:
Twenty Years of Secrets from Inside the Strip Club."
Galardi trial is just the tip of the iceberg. Galardi may be guilty of
bribing politicians, but he's never been accused of beating or killing
The second trial expected to take place later this year will also
involve public corruption, but will include additional charges of
false statements, and tax evasion. At the center of the trial will be
Crazy Horse Too owner Rick Rizzolo and a score of Chicago
characters that resemble the cast of "Goodfellas." This trial will
the main event, describing murder and mayhem, and promises to tear
apart what's left of the soiled political fabric of the new Las Vegas
-- a fabric that's allowed this to continue unabated for years.
According to a story entitled "
Fuhgeddaboutit" in the April 12, 2006 Orange County Weekly,
strip club is not just a 'racketeering enterprise,' as a pending
federal indictment claims, but allegedly features the added charms of
prostitution, extortion and horrific violence. There are reports that
customers have been tortured if they don’t sign wildly inflated credit
card bills after a night of T&A. The website SteveMiller4LasVegas.com/RickRizzolo
displays what it alleges are photos of bloody, injured and unconscious
patrons lying on the street outside the club. In 1985, Rizzolo used a
baseball bat to crack a customer's skull."
Even with such damaging publicity hitting Southern California, Las
Vegas' most lucrative tourist's market, Sin City's mayor, former Mob
attorney Oscar Goodman, steadfastly
to close down the Crazy Horse, and has gone so far as to
propose opening a Mob
in downtown Vegas to honor some of his former criminal
Unlike Mike Galardi, Rick Rizzolo is not expected to turn government
witness -- he has too much too lose, like his life -- so the Feds
have had to work overtime to prepare an ironclad
case. And they didn't have to look too far. Allegations of ongoing
extortion continue being made against Rizzolo's business.
"It was last month (March 2006) and it was at
the Crazy Horse Too when I disputed my $914 tab because it should have
been about $200. I was told by the bouncer that if I didn't sign
my credit card receipt he would punch me in a way that would cause
internal bleeding and no one could prove I had been punched by him. I
was really scared because the bouncer would not let me go without
signing the receipt. After about a half hour I realized I could be
held their all night, and the guy was getting really psycho on me.
So I signed, and they made me give them my thumb print. I really should
have filed a police report that night, but when you're a part of a
bachelor party and have had a few drinks, you really lose the
motivation to do that sort of thing fairly quickly." - (name withheld
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see what's gone wrong with Vegas.
In 1999, Las Vegas lowered its morality bar to the ground when it
elected Oscar Goodman mayor, and we've been trying to recover ever
since. What was once a place known for taking care of its visitors --
making them feel safe and secure, is now becoming known as a giant
, or worse -- a place that disregards the safety of its
tourists, while thumbing its nose at the locals.
And who was it that said the Mob left Vegas years ago?
When I first started writing INSIDE VEGAS for AmericanMafia.com
in 2002, people
asked me if there was enough material about present day LV organized
political corruption to fill my space? I sadly replied
that our town is one of the most corrupt cities in the US, and I would
run out of stories as long we keep electing miscreants to public
Pictures tell the story:
Crazy Horse manager Bobby
D’Apice escorts paramedics into club for
"coffee" and a little eye candy, 05/06/04. Incident
reports are seldom filed when beaten or
robbed club patrons are treated by EMTs.
(AmericanMafia.com photo by
Buffalo Jim Barrier)
Smiling female police officer gets in idling cruiser 3 hours and 40 minutes after responding to
incident at Crazy Horse. No police report was filed, May 26, 2005.
(AmericanMafia.com photo by Buffalo
Seven Metro Police vehicles remain on scene for over
two hours with their engines and air
running while officers were inside topless bar following incident that was not reported. May 26, 2005
(AmericanMafia.com photo by Buffalo
District Attorney Dave Roger dropped five cases LVMPD brought against the Crazy
Horse after he received a $40,000 campaign contribution generated by
Rizzolo, and a $20,000 contribution from Mike Galardi that he later claimed to have
photo of David Roger
Results of DUI,
August 11, 2004. No police report was filed.
photo by Buffalo Jim Barrier)
Metro officer/City Councilman Mike
McDonald alleged to receive
$5,000 mo. from
strip club. His attorney says
McDonald "would testify against Rizzolo at a potential trial only it he
is offered immunity from prosecution."
Off duty police officers, paramedics,
county commissioners, city councilmen, and DA's enjoy comped
lap dances and sexual favors from teenage
Crazy Horse attorney Dean Patti and
Mayor Goodman argue in favor
of allowing 18
year olds to strip in
City Parking Enforcement officer tickets
customers of next door business
that's blocking expansion of Crazy Horse.
photo by Buffalo Jim Barrier)
Judge Nancy M. Saitta presided over
concurrent cases involving Rick
Rizzolo - says
she was "randomly selected." She
has recently been accused
of being on Rizzolo's payroll.
Camille Fau testified in Judge
Saitta's court about her husband being found dead
the railroad tracks behind the Crazy Horse two hours after being beaten by bouncers.
Judge Saitta ruled
blunt force trauma could not be considered
as the cause of death. Fau's
attorney told the Review-Journal: "We had witnesses that were
intimidated. We had witnesses who didn't show up." "It just shows that
the ongoing criminal activity of employees of the Crazy Horse Too is a
lot more far-reaching than they would like people to believe."
Fau found beaten to death. District Attorney refused to prosecute.
Kansas tourist Kirk Henry's neck
broken on September 21, 2001 by a
Crazy Horse manager. District Attorney refused to prosecute.
Rick Rizzolo pleaded
to felony battery for beating a customer with a baseball bat. The
victim died three years
later. Rizzolo did not serve prison time.
R&R Partners Sig Rogich and
Billy Vassiliadis created "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas"
slogan, and "Sin City" image, that accurately describes Vegas' recent
Mayor Goodman promotes "Sin City" image while placing
tourists in danger.
Regarding the current public
corruption trial, the April 13, 2006
Review-Journal Editorial asked this embarrassing
question: " On April 26, 2005, Mayor
Goodman made a surprise first-time visit to Steve's home. In the
street, Steve scolded Goodman for protecting his former clients at the
Crazy Horse. Goodman's excuse for not taking action
against the bar's license? "I can't take
action in the middle of a federal investigation."
However, one year earlier, on March 4, 2004, the city council fined
Crazy Horse competitor Jack Galardi one-million dollars in
the middle of a federal investigation! Since his mysterious
visit, Crazy Horse patrons continue to be extorted,
beaten, and robbed. On
April 1, 2006, Goodman told the Review-Journal "I
like Rick Rizzolo. He goes to Piero's
every Thanksgiving and feeds hundreds of needy
people. And he treats
them with dignity." (AmericanMafia.com photo by Mike
officials received cash or sex acts through Galardi, his testimony
offered a revolting image of Southern Nevada government
Can the marketing geniuses at R&R Partners incorporate this 'Vegas
Story' into their next national ad campaign?"