Rizzolos ordered to pay Kirk Henry $2.2 million
of $3 million received for
the Philly Crazy Horse Too
"Rick Rizzolo shall not take any action
to hinder the payments of the funds."
Will Kim Tran Rizzolo be allowed to keep
the $789,000.00 balance?
Will Rick Rizzolo get a job as a tour
guide at the Mob Museum?
INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
October 31, 2011
LAS VEGAS - A Federal Judge on October
27, 2011 filed a three page ORDER (excerpts below) requiring Vegas racketeer
to pay back a beating victim over $2.2 million dollars Rizzolo and his
family received for their share of a Philadelphia strip club.
(Click on image to view full ORDER)
and 16 others in 2005 pleaded guilty to racketeering involving the beating
and robbing of dozens of Las Vegas Crazy Horse Too customers. One of
the victims, Kirk
Henry (left) of Olathe, Kansas, in 2001 suffered a broken neck resulting
in quadriplegia when he protested a padded bar tab. Henry sued the Rizzolos
which inspired an FBI investigation resulting in indictments against Rizzolo
and his goons. Rick plea bargained agreeing to pay $9 million in restitution
to Henry in exchange for a shortened prison sentence. Rizzolo served less
than a year, then reneged on his agreement. Ten years after his beating,
Henry had yet to be paid until recent events inspired the court to drop
the gavel on Rizzolo.
For Rizzolo's refusal to man up to his
legal obligations, he was re-sentenced
on July 19, 2011 to nine additional months in Federal Prison and two more
years of parole for numerous violations of his conditions of supervised
Through investigations paid for by Kirk
Henry, it was learned that Rizzolo in 2008 sold his one third interest
in the Philadelphia Crazy Horse Too to auto dealer Vince
Piazza for $3 million dollars. An initial payment of $789,000.00 was
transferred to Rizzolo's late father Bart.
Henry's attorneys also learned of another
payment of $465,864.19 that Rizzolo was scheduled to receive from Piazza.
money was transferred on August 16, 2011 to Henry's trust account after
his attorneys filed a Motion in U.S. Federal Court to bring Piazza up on
Contempt of Court charges if he withheld the money from Henry against court
The remaining $1,745,136.00 was to be secretly
paid in payments over a three year period to Rick's off shore "Lions Limited
Partnership" account held by his ex-wife Lisa, but will now go to Kirk
Henry. All that's left is the $789,000.00 transferred to Bart Rizzolo now
being claimed by his widow Kim Tran Rizzolo.
It will be up to United
States Federal Judge Philip Pro to rule on a lawsuit
filed by Henry against Kim Tran to determine whether she can keep the $789,000.00
already in her possession. Kim Tran's only
stated defense is that; "Any harm allegedly suffered by Plaintiff was
caused by its own actions," and, "Any harm allegedly suffered by Plaintiff
was caused by persons, firms or corporations other than Defendant," i.e.,
she did not personally break Henry's neck, so she's entitled to keep the
With the most recent Federal Court ORDER
in hand, Henry's attorneys are expected to prevail in court against Kim
Tran and collect the Philadelphia money she's stashed, then go after Lisa
Rizzolo's off shore accounts for the rest of what is estimated to be over
$10 million including interest still owed to Henry.
Judge Pro paved the way for Henry to collect
his money from Lisa's
off shore accounts when he issued SPECIAL
CONDITIONS OF SUPERVISION including #9: "You shall move to the United
States the location and management of all Trust Accounts in which you (Rick
Rizzolo) hold an interest directly or indirectly as a beneficiary."
After Henry is paid, and unless a deal
is made with the IRS, according to the FINAL
ORDER of FORFEITURE (#242) entered on October 15, 2008, the IRS is
expected to step in next to collect: "The restitution of US $1,734,000.00
plus accruals to the IRS; The fines of US $750,000.00 plus interest; The
forfeiture of US $4,250,000.00 plus interest; The IRS tax lien against
Rick Rizzolo for the 2006 individual income taxes of US $1,032,535.26 plus
These financial hits along with the out
of control legal fees Rick, Lisa, and Kim Tran Rizzolo have paid and continue
paying to try to keep their ill-gotten loot, may soon render the family
middle-class Vegas citizens, that's unless Rick has millions in cash stashed
in Strip casino cages. For years Rick has been known as a "whale"
(million dollar line of credit), and the IRS and Henry's attorneys are
aware of his gambling addiction. His casino
cage safety deposit boxes, a place where many whales are known to hoard
their cash, may soon become fair game for Henry followed by the IRS while
Rick sits out
of touch in prison awaiting his June
12, 2012 release.
his release, a much poorer Rick will continue serving his extended parole
through 2014. During this period, he's required to find a job outside the
casino and adult entertainment industry.
Long-time Las Vegans are suggesting that
Rick apply for a job as tour guide
at the Las Vegas Mob Museum,
or a job as tour
guide for the Vegas Mob Tour.
The Mob Museum was conceived by
and former mob lawyer ex-LV Mayor Oscar Goodman. It will be located
in downtown and is scheduled to open in February. The Vegas Mob Tour
is a two and a half hour bus tour that reveals the sordid history of Las
These jobs won't pay as much as robbery
and extortion at the Crazy Horse Too, but they'll exploit Rick's natural
talents while providing a boost to the local economy.
(Editor's note: The links Steve provides
in this week's column are especially interesting.)