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Rizzolo took an
on his way to Camp Granada.
Seize the moment!
INSIDE VEGAS by
May 28, 2007
LAS VEGAS - Last month I learned that
Institution Satellite Camp in Central California was overcrowded and
all new prisoners were being diverted to the Metropolitan Detention
Center (MDC) in Los Angeles, a maximum security facility.
I kept the information to myself
because I knew that if I made it public, the attorneys for
multi-millionaire convicted topless bar racketeer Rick
Rizzolo would do everything they could to keep their client from
serving hard time, even if for only a month or two.
But his attorneys found out and jumped into action filing sealed
emergency motions in federal court to try to postpone his incarceration
until after there was an opening at Taft, or until his bar was sold.
Rizzolo felt so confident he wasn't about to go to prison that three
days after he filed his sealed motions he held a lavish going away
party for himself at a restaurant he's suspected of secretly owning in
Newport Beach, California. He got the idea for his party from one
of my columns that jokingly featured a collection of jail garb and
accessories and linked to where the
items can be obtained. He had no idea that a confidant of INSIDE
VEGAS was on his special guest list.
Immediately following the party I published "Rizzolo
Honored at Prison Themed Party in Newport Beach." Then Rizzolo's
next door neighbor Buffalo
Jim Barrier hand delivered the AmericanMafia.com
column to Judge Philip Pro and the federal prosecutors. The judge
was not amused and Rizzolo's
joke backfired big time!
The Orange County Weekly
in depth article about the party which also did not amuse the judge.
Then I obtained a copy of a sealed motion asking that Rizzolo's
imprisonment be postponed. To the horror of Rizzolo's attorneys Dean Patti and Tony Sgro,
I published the sealed document in one of my frequent INSIDER E- BRIEFS.
The sealed motion included a highly confidential
from attorney David Chesnoff
(LV Mayor Oscar Goodman's law partner) that purports the imminent sale of the
Crazy Horse Too to a twice-bankrupt
restaurant owner who is suspected of being a front for the mob. The
secret document pleads with the judge to let Rizzolo stay on the
outside until the sale closes sometime after June 30. It was worded in
such a way as to leave his incarceration date open-ended to allow for
more possible delays.
The judge saw through the emergency motion and ordered Rizzolo to check
in to the LA-MDC last Tuesday.
In the meantime, the purported buyer went looking for a hard money loan
according to sources. All he needs is $40 million to close the deal,
but Mike Signorelli has yet to reveal where he's getting the money -- a
condition required by Judge Pro in Rizzolo's plea agreement.
So it looks like the purchase agreement was a desperate ploy to keep
Rizzolo out of maximum security until better accommodations were
available at Taft Camp, or whatever else his lawyers could conjure up
to keep him on the street.
As far as I'm concerned, after Rizzolo beat Rick
Sandlin to death with a baseball bat; Scott
David Fau was beaten to death behind the Crazy Horse; then
Rizzolo's goons broke Kirk
Henry's neck, and injured dozens of other patrons who balked at
signing bogus credit card tabs, even a sentence at Alcatraz
would not have been sufficient punishment. And Kirk Henry still sits in
an electric wheelchair paralyzed from the neck down waiting for his
first payment from Rizzolo -- an unremoursful guy who just threw a
lavish party for himself and his cronies.
Rizzolo had been looking forward to a slap on the wrist and a short one
year and one day stay at Taft's minimum security camp, a facility with
Instead he ended up in the dreaded Metropolitan Detention Center in
downtown Los Angeles with gang bangers, rapists, murderers and
pedophiles. He's scheduled to be in max for at least the first month of
his sentence or until a space opens at Taft.
One former MDC prisoner told INSIDE VEGAS: "I was supposed be going to
a camp but I guess they are all pretty full. It was a pretty big shock
to think I was on my way to club fed and then found myself in a cell at
MDC. Metropolitan Detention Center is a 10-story building that houses
about 1,000 federal inmates at a time. It's owned and run by the
federal Department of Corrections. The biggest thing for me is getting
used to the slowness of life here. Outside I was always busy doing
things I liked to do with people around me that I wanted to be with.
Here I'm on a floor with 100 to 140
people, with access to a small recreation deck that has a universal
weight machine on it. Most of the time, our cells are unlocked from
6:30 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. but we're confined in our rooms for 15 hours a
day. Considering the fact that all of our food is microwaved, it's not
that bad, sometimes even good."
Considering that Rizzolo is allowed to mix with the general population
on the recreation deck -- the only place where he can chain smoke -- he
could come face to face with someone he ripped off or had his goons
beat up. The MDC is not like Taft Camp where violence is nonexistent.
National Public Radio did a
special entitled "My
Dad's in There." Included on the NPR web page is a short video
showing and describing the Los Angeles MDR.
A far cry from the ambiance Rizzolo
and his hoity toity Vegas and Newport Beach pals are accustomed to,
there is one outstanding feature about the LA-MDC, it's only three
blocks from a
five star hotel!
Millennium Biltmore Lobby
Even though their friend is eating
microwaved food in a lonely cell, Vegas movers and shakers can take
advantage of this once in a lifetime chance to visit him while they can
also savor the finest hotel on the west coast -- a royal place in which
to gather and unwind between MDR's visiting hours. I'm sure he won't
Millennium Biltmore Hotel,
506 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles
(just around the corner from Rick's new abode), features fine dining in
a relaxed Mediterranean ambiance. Highlights include an indoor pool,
spa, afternoon tea, a carefully
hand-selected wine list, sumptuous desserts, daily specials and weekday
After visiting Rizzolo in the slammer, his
friends including LV
Mayor Oscar Goodman, Jerry Tarkanian, former
Mayor Jan Jones, Justice
Nancy Saitta, and Mike
McDonald can toast the day their incarcerated pal is released from
max while they relax in the Gallery Bar recognized by Los Angeles Magazine as
"one of the best places in town to have a cocktail." This elegant
lounge offers fine wines and exclusive liqueurs under the watchful eyes
of gracefully carved angels that float above the polished granite bar.
Enjoy live jazz Friday and Saturday nights.
After cocktails -- while Rick is eating a bologna sandwich in his
cell -- his true friends
including Freddie Glusman, Orange
County Sheriff Mike Carona,
Tony Tegano, DA David
Roger, Councilman Steve Wolfson, Fred
Jay Brown, Gary Primm, Senator Harry Reid, David Chesnoff, and Joey
Cusumano can get together to
enjoy award winning five course dinners at the Biltmore's Smeraldi's
Restaurant featuring California Mediterranean Cuisine
Biltmore Club Suite
When its time to
call it a day, Rick Rizzolo's friends
can get a good night's sleep in one of the Biltmore's luxurious
suites to awaken for a hearty breakfast in bed before taking a brisk
walk to the MDC to visit Sin City's "Pillar
of the Community."
When and if Rizzolo is finally transferred to Taft, the living
conditions for his loyal friends will change, so it's time to visit
Rick now! Get it over with while he's in nearby Los Angeles!
Suites are $309 per night including 2 tickets to the Behind the Scenes
Tour of the Kodak Theater. Click here
for Millennium Biltmore reservations.
for prison visitor's information including hours and dress requirements.
Click here for a link to a
company that sells and delivers gifts to your favorite prisoner .
Or if you would like to send Rick some cash to spend in the prison
commissary or pay to other prisoners for protection, click here.
PS: If you want to impress Rick with your haute couture, the Biltmore
is only thirty minutes from chic Rodeo Drive.
Chicken of Oz
But it you miss your
opportunity to visit Rick in Los Angeles, Taft Prison Camp is located a
hot and humid one hour rental car drive from Bakersfield airport.
Delta, US Airways, and United offer service from McCarran International
for about $273
round trip (economy class only).
The best nearby restaurant is Oz Katz' quaint Chicken of Oz, 1107 Kern St. #3
in downtown Taft. (Taft is best known for having the world's largest
kitty litter plant.)
motels just down the
street from the "Chicken" offer
free in-room coffee makers and AM/FM alarm clocks at $69.00 - $89.00 per
night. Click here
Believe me, nothing in Taft comes close to the type of luxury the Millennium Biltmore has to offer. But if you want to
prove you really like Rick
Rizzolo, wait until he's in Taft to schedule your visits.
However if you're a good (time) friend of Rick Rizzolo, visit him while
he's confined in the City of Angels. Make it a "twofer." Experience sumptuous
luxury in LA while taking time to give your pal a
big hug and kiss.
But time is limited! Remember, there could be an opening at Taft any
day! The Biltmore's reservation line is 1-800-245-8673.
Seize the moment!
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