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every trick to
get Crazy Horse re-opened
they said the Mob left Vegas years ago.....
VEGAS by Steve Miller
September 25, 2006
LAS VEGAS - Three weeks after what the U.S. Department of Justice described as a "racketeering
enterprise," and "serious
threat to the community" was shut down by the City of Las Vegas,
Crazy Horse Too owner and newly convicted felon Rick Rizzolo is
trying to pull a rabbit out of his hat.
First he produced Stuart Cadwell, a partner in the trouble plagued
Spearmint Rhino chain of gentleman's clubs to testify on Sept. 12 in
District Court that he was offering Rizzolo an amazing $45 million for
his club -- with one provision; the liquor license would have to be
reinstated by the City.
Cadwell's mysterious offer was $10 million more than Rizzolo said he
needed to pay off all his liabilities including $9 million to beating
Henry. The offer was also $20 million above what a New York company
paid in 2005 for the brand new Jaguars -- the former topless bar owned
by Michael Galardi located in a free standing building on Desert Inn
Road. Jaguars, now known as Scores, is bigger, plusher, and
twenty years newer than the Crazy Horse; a dilapidated converted
warehouse next to the tracks on Industrial Road.
Rizzolo contends he will be unable to pay off his debts if he cannot
sell the Crazy Horse with its liquor license intact, though in a 2005 divorce
settlement (that can be reversed since it occurred during a Federal
investigation), he gave his ex-wife Lisa a
home in Canyon Gate, an oceanfront home in Newport Beach, Calif., a
condominium in Chicago, two Oppenheimer investment accounts worth $7.2
million, $83,333 a month in alimony, and named her beneficiary of his
(So far, Rizzolo hasn't paid the Henry family one cent from his
personal wealth -- or that of his ex-wife -- while the Henry's medical
expenses have almost put them into bankruptcy.)
Judge Mark Denton obviously saw through the ruse, and denied Rizzolo a
Temporary Injunction that would have allowed his family to re-open and
run his business while he's in prison, and until Cadwell's purported
deal closed. Had the Judge allowed the business to re-open, the
skimming Rizzolo plead guilty to, would in all probability continue
under his family's direction.
The June 2 Review-Journal
said prosecutors have agreed not to pursue criminal charges against
Rizzolo's sister, Annette
brother, Ralph; or father, Bart
Rizzolo plea bargained to spare his family being tried
on racketeering, skimming, and extortion charges.
Following Sgro's court defeat, he filed a Petition with the City
Attorney asking the Council to reconsider their unanimous vote revoking
the liquor license. His basis was that Mayor Oscar Goodman,
Rizzolo's former criminal defense attorney and close friend, abstained
from the license revocation hearing (based on my Ethics
Complaint), but had he participated, Goodman said he would have
fought to keep the CH2 open.
Sgro also argued that the Council had a conflict of interest based on a
future eminent domain action, but did not mention that Goodman as a
member of the Council shares the same conflict if he participates in
hearings regarding the Crazy Horse.
Sgro wrote that the Council wanted to devalue Rizzolo's property so
they could take it inexpensively for a road widening. He made it appear
that the City wanted all of
the property, but failed to mention that only a 23 foot wide sliver was ever
mentioned in design
drawings. He strained to reason that the Council was his client's
enemy and had a conflict when Goodman was absent, but would be his
client's friend and have no conflict if Goodman participated.
Also, Sgro failed to mention why anyone would want to pay $45 million
for a piece of land about to be taken by eminent domain?
Based on Sgro's contradictory arguments, the Council didn't budge, and
Cadwell faded into the sunset -- temporarily -- after it was revealed
that his partner John Gray had been convicted of a felony
and served time in the Boron, California Federal Prison.
In his plea agreement, Rizzolo agreed he would not sell his club to
anyone who had been convicted of a felony in the past ten years.
Cadwell's deal would certainly not pass muster with the Federal Court
based on his business relationship with Gray and the amazing
coincidence of a Sept. 5 beating related death at the Spearmint Rhino in Santa
Barbara, California. According to the San Francisco Examiner, a
26-year-old accountant was killed in a scuffle with club bouncers over
a $960 dance bill. This is the same type of attack suffered by Kirk
Henry on Sept. 20, 2001 at the Crazy Horse. Henry was beaten after
disputing an $88 bar tab, and rendered a quadriplegic.
The Spearmint Rhinos are also known for employing fighters from the
Ultimate Fighting Championships as security staff.
Rizzolo is scheduled to be sentenced on October 23, but during the week
of September 18, Rizzolo reportedly traveled to New York. Upon his
return, a local restaurateur
applied for a temporary liquor license to operate the Crazy
On Sept. 12, following his defeat
District Court, Rick Rizzolo was heard in the courthouse hallway
telling his friends and attorneys to meet later that day at the Golden
Steer Steak House.
Now, Dr. Michael Signorelli, a
partner in the
Golden Steer, suddenly wants to obtain a temporary
liquor license to operate the bar until it can be sold,
possibly to Cadwell and Gray.
In Rizzolo's plea agreement, it
stated: "The (Federal) Government shall have the right to disapprove a
buyer who the government objectively demonstrates... has business
dealings with identified members or associates of La Cosa Nostra
(LCN) or other identified organized crime group..."
Signorelli is the business partner of
Sorkis Webbe, Jr.
The January 23, 2005 edition of
Louis Post-Dispatch describes Webbe as "the son of a St. Louis
powerbroker accused of having ties
to organized crime."
went to prison in the 1980s for vote fraud, obstruction of justice,
attempted extortion and harboring an organized crime figure accused of
since Cadwell has become a hot
potato, Signorelli enters the scene. The names have changed, but the
act appears to remain the same.
Rizzolo, et. al., are obviously trying to put a straw man in to retain
the Mob's control over the Crazy Horse Too, and the ploy caught the
attention of Mayor Pro Tem Gary Reese, the same Reese who made the
motion to revoke the bar's license.
"He may have a liquor license for the Golden Steer and there are no
problems. But there's a big, big difference between a steakhouse and a
strip club," Reese told the Review-Journal
If for any reason on October 4, the City Council -- with Mayor
participating in spite of an ethics complaint -- succumbs to covert
pressure and votes to give someone who appears to be a straw man a
temporary liquor license to
re-open the Crazy Horse (to resume robbing and beating its customers),
they will have fallen for the biggest subterfuge
ever pulled in the history of Sin City!
And they said the Mob left Vegas years ago...
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