FEDS SEIZE CRAZY HORSE TOO!
Rick and Lisa Rizzolo hide
INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
September 3, 2007
LAS VEGAS - On Wednesday,
August 29, 2007, U.S. Federal Marshals seized Rick
Horse Too topless bar and all his Industrial Road real estate. The
blood soaked topless bar is now the property of the United States
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The infamous adult nightclub, Crazy Horse Too, is now in
foreclosure, with the federal government seizing the club from Rick
Rizzolo and his associates. As Steve Crupi tells us, the feds are
planning to sell the club and use the money to pay millions of dollars
to the victims of violence at the Crazy Horse.
"The document actually says the whole shopping center has been
taken over by the federal government," said Buffalo Jim Barrier.
Barrier owns the auto shop next to the Crazy Horse; he's been
fighting for years to expose how the Crazy Horse has victimized
its customers. Kirk Henry is one of those victims. Rizzolo and his
corporation were ordered to sell the club and distribute proceeds to
Mr. Henry and others.
Former Las Vegas City Councilman Steve Miller says federal
prosecutors simply got tired of waiting, and he believes Rizzolo has
used all this time to hide millions of dollars from the government.
In its foreclosure notice, the government lists three
potential buyers for the Crazy Horse, but no deal has been finalized.
Rizzolo is serving time in federal prison for tax evasion and
racketeering. Prosecutors say his club would routinely over-bill
customers, and those who refused to pay would be threatened and beaten
up until they paid up.
The politicians who helped Rizzolo
Mike McDonald, DA
David Roger, Mayor Goodman,
(AmericanMafia.com photo of Oscar
Goodman by Mike Christ)
Giant Buffalo returns to roam the Crazy Horse parking lot
March 2000, Crazy Horse Too owner Rick Rizzolo pulled strings at Las
Vegas City Hall to have a giant buffalo replica permanently removed
from the parking lot in front of Buffalo Jim Barrier's Allstate Auto
and Marine, Rizzolo's neighboring business.
received a demand from then-Councilman Michael McDonald, a Rizzolo
crony, to remove the popular animated attraction because it "belched
obnoxious smoke" into the air from its nostrils every few minutes.
the same time, Barrier received a NOTICE OF EVICTION from his former
land lady Renate Schiff echoing McDonald's demands.
was later discovered that Rizzolo was harassing Barrier to try to make
him volunteer to move so the Crazy Horse
into his space without having to buy out his long term lease or pay
his moving expenses.
Barrier removed his buffalo, letters of protest began arriving at City
Hall from citizens who enjoyed showing the free attraction to their
buffalo was retired to a warehouse and only used occasionally in
parades and community events until last week when the elusive
bovine suddenly reappeared in front of the Crazy Horse the day
after the United States of America seized Rizzolo's business and
Steve Miller and Buffalo Jim
Barrier (AmericanMafia.com photo by Mike Christ)
really proud of my buffalo and my Native American heritage," said
Barrier after a truck delivered the 14 foot high beast to its rightful
resting place in front of the shuttered topless bar.
here to stay on property taken from the mob by the citizens of the
USA," Barrier proclaimed. He went on to say that the buffalo is sacred
his Cherokee ancestry and a symbol of the history of our nation
exemplified by the Buffalo Nickel.
back and it's here to stay," Barrier gleamed. "Bring you friends and
family. Take pictures with the buffalo in front of the citizens of
the United States of America's closed down Mafia
remarks reminded me of Sitting Bull and his victory over General Custer
at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Sitting Bull and his warriors
played by Barrier and the good citizens of Las Vegas, and Lt. Col.
George Armstrong Custer and his elite officers
played by Rick Rizzolo and the crooked politicians and cops who let his
racket stay in business.
1876, the Battle of Little Big Horn (Custer’s Last Stand) was
considered one of the biggest blunders in military history by resulting
in the extermination of 266 officers and men including Custer.
like he's trying to swat a pesky fly with a sledge hammer while a herd
of buffalos are charging at him. He's so preoccupied trying to get the
fly that he doesn't feel the earth trembling under his feet," Barrier
VEGAS in May 2004 regarding Rizzolo's efforts to illegally evict
fact that today when Barrier and his buffalo are the only ones still
standing on property once occupied by the lucrative mob run topless
bar, it makes such a comparison more relevant now than ever.
2007 as it was in 1876, the truth is stranger than fiction.
For years I've
been telling you about a crooked ex-city councilman who was on the
payroll of Rick Rizzolo, and most likely on the payroll of Billy
Walters, and Republic Silver State Disposal.
Through a Federal Grand Jury, we
are now learning of some of the ways bribes may have been laundered to
Yet to be discovered is an
"consulting" fee of $30,000 per month paid to Michael
McDonald from a
topless bar known as "Pleasures" - another possible way to launder
political bribe money.
Also, it's expected that the
favors McDonald did in return for
the money will soon to be disclosed. Favors such harassing
Buffalo Jim Barrier and others
for the eight years he was in office.
Also, information about the
City's and McDonald's
participation in allowing Rizzolo's 6,000 square foot addition
to the Crazy Horse to be opened
without building permits, traffic
studies, increased parking, or an occupancy permit, and the fact that
the addition was built on improperly zoned land may soon be heard by
the Federal Grand Jury.
Or McDonald's and Father Dave
Casaleggio's participation in the effort to stop the approval of Sapphire
Gentleman's Club as a favor to
Rizzolo. Casaleggio and McDonald told the Clark County Commission
that parishioners at Our Lady of Las Vegas Church didn't want the giant
topless bar near their church. But neither McDonald nor Casaleggio
spoke up when their friend Rizzolo opened his illegal expansion located
one mile closer to the church.
Casaleggio was fired from Our
Lady of Las Vegas Church after he testified before the County
Commission, and after he marched next to McDonald in the St. Patrick's
wearing a "Re-elect McDonald" T-Shirt.
After his firing, Casaleggio,
through his attorneys Patti and Sgro (surprise!), sued the Catholic
Diocese of Las
Vegas, and regained his position at OLLV.
His contract expired six months
after he was reinstated though, and Casaleggio ended up being relegated to oblivion as the
priest at Indian Springs Prison.
Also, yet to be disclosed is the
real reason Mike Galardi began bribing McDonald - to stop the city
(McDonald) from harassing one of Galardi's bars, Cheetahs.
FROM A READER: Steve - I worked as
a dancer at the time Cheetahs was the hottest club. I remember Michael
McDonald coming in saying he owned the club. Always thought he was an
asshole and never gave him the time of day. Also noticed that the
management was truly walking on eggshells around him. I remember
the facial expressions on Galardi and some security staff when he was
in the club. I knew something was going on but no details. McDonald did
everything he could to act like he was God and had an extremely
conceited personality like he was rubbing-it-in-someones-face. I
couldn't stand him. I worked with Galardi and know he is a fair and
honest man. (Have my own stories to back that up). I truly believe he
made a decision based on being FORCED to pay out money. Again, I never
did drug/alcohol so I always had a clear mind. If I have to go through
this life I want to experience everything good/bad fully with my
eyes/mind open. (name withheld by request)
Then there's Ray Pistol, the
owner of Showgirl Video on Las Vegas Blvd. What did he have to do for
make him stop City inspectors from harassing his topless bar?
That's not all!
Did golf course
developer Billy Walters pay McDonald to convince the City to sell
him 80 acres of
taxpayer owned land for $5,600 per acre when the land was valued by
the county assessor at over $30,000 per acre?
And then there's Silver State
Disposal. What did McDonald receive for ramming
through Silver State's
$1.5 billion dollar franchise renewal without competitive bids five
before the contract was due to expire?
And now, Mayor Goodman is
anxious to sell his protégé acres of taxpayer owned land
for a song, possibly in exchange for McDonald doing Goodman law firm
clients Rizzolo and Walters
The proof is in the pudding -
McDonald's one acre $2 million dollar estate at 2520 Pinto Lane.
How did an ex-cop with little
education become a multi-millionaire after only eight years on the LV
Sep. 02, 2007
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
PROBE: Friend in time of need
Priest sees nothing wrong with
$30,000 loan to ex-city councilman
A priest, a topless club owner
and a politician.
It sounds like a set-up for a
joke, but the Rev.
Dave Casaleggio wasn't laughing when he
was called to testify before a grand jury three weeks ago about his
Casaleggio, who counts Crazy Horse Too owner Rick Rizzolo and former Las Vegas City Councilman
Michael McDonald among his close friends,
was questioned by federal prosecutors about
$30,000 he loaned to McDonald more than four years ago.
June, he (McDonald) was back in the Las Vegas City Council
chambers. The council agreed to sell city land to his company for $6.5
million, millions of dollars less than it is worth.
MORE INFORMATION ON McDONALD: http://americanmafia.com/Inside_Vegas/7-30-07_Inside_Vegas.html
(Las Vegas Review-Journal
Steve watches as Councilman Michael McDonald is
questioned by State Ethics Commission on
favors he did for Republic Silver State Disposal. Following the meeting
held in 2000, McDonald
expresses anger after the Commission found probable
cause to prosecute him based on
Bart Rizzolo is inside the Crazy Horse Too
At 2:30 PM Thursday August 30, 2007, Bart
, Rick Rizzolo's father, was
observed entering the forfeited Crazy Horse Too.
On Wednesday, when Federal Marshall's delivered Seizure Notices to
tenants, Buffalo Jim Barrier was informed that "The Rizzolos are locked
However, the doors to the building were not chained shut by the
Marshals allowing the elder Rizzolo to sneak in.
At 3;20 PM, Rizzolo was reportedly still inside the building.
Federal officials were alerted, but Rizzolo left the property
before officials arrived. It's not known whether any seized property
was removed during the illegal entry.
Then there's this:
Weeks after Rick and Lisa Rizzolo's 2005 bogus divorce, Lisa went to
the law firm of Lionel Sawyer and Collins and established the "Lisa M.
Rizzolo Separate Trust."
Before the ink could dry on the new Trust, according to Clark County
records, Lisa put a new mortgage on the couple's Canyon Gate Golf
Course estate. It's believed that she did the same on the couple's
Newport Beach estate, and their lake front condo in Chicago to extract
all the equity to avoid government seizure.
It's suspected that this scheme was the work product of the Rizzolo's
attorneys Dean Patti and Tony Sgro.
In the meantime, Rick, during the time he was participating in plea
negotiations with the Feds and after beating
victim Kirk Henry
filed a lien lis pendens on the Crazy Horse, somehow obtained a second
mortgage on the topless bar for around $5 million dollars. He then took
the money in cash and hid it according to an FBI
U.S. Federal Court Chief Judge Philip Pro
How a legitimate title company could have missed the Henry lien, or how
a bank could make such a loan on a clouded title is a mystery
The title company and lender are being closely
looked at by an investigator commissioned by INSIDE VEGAS, and the
results will be published in an upcoming column.
But that's not all. I just learned that in the spring of 2007,
Rizzolo's lawyers Patti and Sgro also placed a lien on the
Crazy Horse Too. The amount they claim Rizzolo owes them is not known.
Altogether, the Crazy Horse Too is encumbered for over $28 million so
far including Henry's $9 million lien plus interest, the IRS $4.5
million plus interest and penalties,
the City's $2.3 million lien (on appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court
Judge Saitta will rule on the lien's validly), and Buffalo Jim
$1 million dollar lien.
Rizzolo paid $5.5 million for the property on March 22, 2002.
Considering appreciation and the Consumer Price Index, the value of
the shuttered bar and land is worth no more than $8 - 10 million today
according to qualified sources, especially now that the Nevada
Department of Transportation plans to take a 23 foot deep swath of the
complete frontage for a road widening.
The Feds will soon learn that there is no money available to pay
Rizzolo's debts even if they could find a buyer stupid (or crooked)
enough to buy
the Crazy Horse for over $28 million -- a buyer who doesn't mind being
extorted by limo, van, and taxi drivers $30 - $70 per passenger for
bringing customers -- a
quasi-legal practice started by Rizzolo in the late 90's that's
bringing other topless
bars to their knees.
Also, according to City of Las Vegas Ordinance
(3:) Discontinuation of Use. "If a non conforming use of a conforming
building is discontinued for a period of one hundred eighty days....
the future use of such building shall be only in conformance with the
provisions of this Title."
In other words, the Crazy Horse closed on June
30, 2007. If a new liquor license is not issued by January 1, 2008, the
adult use zoning that was
grandfathered for Rizzolo will revert to the present zoning that
prohibits adult use at that location. It normally takes six months for
new applicant to go through the investigative process to obtain a
liquor license with adult use. Sixty of the allowed one hundred and
eighty days have elapsed,
and there is no application for a new liquor license pending at City
Meanwhile, Rick and Lisa Rizzolo, along with their divorce lawyers
Patti and Tony Sgro have insulted the Federal Court by openly hiding
assets. It would not surprise me if Mrs. Rizzolo is soon indicted, and
her husband's stay at the Los Angeles Federal Detention Center is
extended for trying to defraud the United States Government - again.
Messrs. Patti and Sgro may also find themselves sharing
accommodations with their best client when the dust settles in Judge
Pro's court room, especially it they're subjected to a polygraph and
asked where the Rizzolo's money went?
I don't believe that being involved in fraud falls within
lawyer-client privilege, but I could be wrong.
My heart goes out to the family of Kirk Henry. It doesn't look
like their ongoing medical or legal bills will be paid in
the foreseeable future.
And to their attorneys Don Campbell and Stan Hunterton: you were
duped into supporting the licensing of Rizzolo's
who obviously kept the
skim going for ten months while the Rizzolo's were refinancing their
homes and hiding the cash backs. You should have insisted that the
forfeiture take place immediately after Rick Rizzolo was sentenced. Now
you're up the creek with no way to get paid for thousands of billable
It looks like the Crazy Horse is finally dead, and the Feds have
no appetite for operating another adult business after the humiliation
they suffered trying to operate the seized Mustang Ranch
order to maintain its value. Now the Crazy Horse Too saga is looking
too similar to that of Joe Conforte who played trick after trick on the
Federal Court and the IRS to keep his Mustang Ranch open under straw
men and women until he could secure refuge with his millions in
Argentina where he remains today.
Based on Conforte's example -- an example that may be Rizzolo's road
map to keeping his ill-begotten riches -- upon his release from prison
in April, Rick Rizzolo and his cash may also seek refuge in a country
that does not have extradition.
Otherwise, the only revenge that may eventually be enjoyed by the
citizens of Las Vegas in exchange for the hundreds
of robberies and beatings
, the crippling of Kirk Henry, and the
deaths of Rick
be the lengthening of Rick Rizzolo's sentence for twice cheating the
taxpayers and lying to Judge Pro; and the incarceration of Lisa
Rizzolo, Dean Patti and Tony
Sgro. That's if the Federal Court drops the hammer immediately before
any more shenanigans can occur.
Based on all the leins on the Crazy Horse, the refinancing of their
three houses, and the missing cash, it sure looks like the Rizzolo's
have gotten the upper hand and made a fool of the government of the
United States of America. But at least the beatings and killings have
stopped, and that's certainly a cause for celebration.
am not one of those who likes to brag "I told you so!" But because
everything I've predicted
about this story
since 1999 has so far come true, I can no longer contain my
(LV RJ photo by Clint Karlsen)
(AmericanMafia.com photo by Mike Christ)
TOLD YOU SO!!!
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