Judge issues Court Orders requiring
mob attorneys to produce
hidden financial records
in the Kirk
Henry attempted murder case
Patti & Sgro's credibility
in U.S. Federal Court documents,
and a local judge awards
$10,000 in the Barrier case
INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
July 6, 2009
LAS VEGAS - Last week brought some deserved
bad news, and some unfortunate good news for local mobsters and their hired
The June 22, 2009, INSIDE VEGAS column
Dog Ate My Homework" described problems Plaintiff's attorneys were
having trying to obtain records from the mob law firm that jointly represented
Rick Rizzolo and his wife Lisa in their highly questionable 2005 divorce.
The Rizzolo's files are a necessary part
of a civil attempted murder lawsuit brought by Kansas tourist Kirk
Henry after his neck was broken in 2001 by a Rizzolo employee when
he disputed an $88 bar tab at the couple's former topless bar, the infamous
Crazy Horse Too.
In Rick Rizzolo's plea bargain, he agreed
to pay Henry -- now a quadriplegic -- $10 million dollars in exchange for
the feds lightening his prison sentence. Rizzolo was released in less than
a year, but welched on his agreement to pay Henry. In the meantime, Rizzolo
is regularly seen gambling
and partying in Vegas' most posh venues, while Henry struggles to pay
his life long medical bills and support his family.
Like Ruth Madoff, Lisa Rizzolo also argued
that she had nothing to do with obtaining ill begotten assets, and should
be allowed to keep her marital share. But last week bore sad news for both
women. Mrs. Madoff was stripped
of her assets in a New York Federal Court, and Mrs. Rizzolo is expected
to suffer the same fate in the near future.
A hearing was set on Henry's Motions to
Compel local law firms Patti,
Sgro & Lewis; and Lionel
Sawyer & Collins to produce documents, and to discuss Dean Patti's
refusal to submit to Deposition to aid in discovery of the whereabouts
Rizzolo's hidden assets. The hearing was to take place on July
13, however, United States Magistrate Judge George Foley saw no need to
waste the court's time hearing more ad nauseum arguments why Rick and Lisa's
financials are protected by attorney-client privilege, and why their attorneys
are protected from testifying.
Here are excerpts from Judge Foley's ORDER
that may signal the beginning of the end of the Rizzolo's asset protection
But Judge Foley's Patti & Sgro ORDER
was not the end of the bad news for the Rizzolos.
In a separate ORDER issued last week, Judge
Foley compelled asset
protection lawyer John Dawson to also comply with Henry's subpoenas,
and that his attorney-client privilege is similarly waived. Dawson must
immediately turn over any documents he produced that helped the Rizzolos
hide their assets in off shore accounts through his association with Southpac
Offshore Planning Institute, and provide documents relating to transfers
of cash to Rick Rizzolo he and Lisa authorized from those off shore accounts.
The June 8, 2009 INSIDE VEGAS column "Hiding
behind his ex-wife's skirt tails" explains how asset protection attorney
John Dawson tried to hide the Rizzolo's fortune at the same time his brother,
Federal Court Judge Kent Dawson, was handing down feather light sentences
to 15 of the Rizzolo's former employees without disclosing that his sibling
was one of the Rizzolo's lawyers and their corporation's Resident Agent.
The column also contains part of the verbatim
transcript of Lisa Rizzolo's June 5, 2009 Deposition. In it, she was
forced to reveal financial information neither she nor her husband ever
wanted to be made public.
Court records indicate Rick and Lisa Rizzolo
paid Lionel Sawyer & Collins, and Southpac over $2 million dollars
for John Dawson's asset protection services -- money they may soon realize
was a less-than-sound investment.
Now hopefully the whereabouts of Lisa Rizzolo's
assets will be discovered and seized by the court in order to pay the couple's
over $27 million in unpaid court ordered debts.
That's the good news. Now
here's the bad.
On March 31, 2009, another Clark County
District Court case that had a direct relationship to Kirk Henry's was
On September 19, 2000, Rick Rizzolo sued
his next door neighbor James "Buffalo Jim" Barrier for Defamation. Barrier
counter sued Rizzolo for Harassment
and Civil Racketeering.
On August 22, 2007, District Court Judge
Elizabeth Gonzalez infuriated Rizzolo by ordering him to place $1
million dollars in the court's escrow account to be awarded in the
event Barrier won his Harassment suit. It was evident the judge felt Barrier
had a sound case, and that Rizzolo might not pay a judgment.
On April 5, 2008, the day following Rick
Rizzolo's release from prison, James Barrier died under mysterious
Immediately following Barrier's death,
Patti & Sgro filed a Writ in the Nevada Supreme Court to have his Harassment
case dismissed and the million dollar ORDER canceled. The Justices remanded
the case back to newly elected District Court Judge Linda Bell.
Judge Linda Bell on March 31, 2009, issued
an ORDER citing "defects" in Barrier's case, and ordered $10,000 be taken
from the first proceeds of his family's estate
The money is to be paid to Patti &
Judge Linda Bell is the daughter of current
District Court Judge and former District Attorney Stewart Bell. Stewart
Bell was elected Clark County District Attorney in January 1994.
On August 4, 1995, the body of long haul
David Fau was found next to the railroad tracks behind the Crazy Horse
Too. According to witnesses, Fau was beaten to death by Crazy Horse employees.
The new District Attorney refused to prosecute.
In October 2001, Las Vegas Metro Police
detectives spent over two hours searching the Crazy Horse following Kirk
Henry's beating and left with credit card receipts, personnel information,
and a few security camera videotapes according to Lt. John Alamshaw of
Metro's robbery unit. The evidence was turned over to the District Attorney
Even after Metro gathered incriminating
evidence and identified the assailant as a Crazy Horse Too manager, DA
Stewart Bell did not prosecute, and the violence continued.
After serving two terms as District Attorney,
Stewart Bell in 2003 was elected to a seat on the Clark County District
Court bench. Just before his swearing in, he appeared on a TV program I
was guest hosting I took the opportunity to ask him why he didn't
prosecute the five cases brought to him by Metro involving employees of
the Crazy Horse Too?
Bell told the TV audience that he found
Probable Cause in all five cases, but was turning the files over to his
Roger. Roger's first official act as DA was to trash all five Crazy
Horse Too cases including Henry's. The Federal government then stepped
Six years after becoming a judge, Stewart
Bell's popularity helped his daughter be elected to the District Court.
One of her first official acts was to award Rick Rizzolo's attorneys
$10,000 from the Barrier estate.
Barrier discovered an injured Kirk Henry
on the pavement in front of the Crazy Horse on October 21, 2001. Barrier
called paramedics. He also photographed the crime scene. Barrier's photographs
contradicted Patti & Sgro's defense that Henry arrived at the bar with
his neck already broken.
Barrier's photos were shown on NBC News
NBC. Their showing, and Barrier's account of a long series of similar
beatings and robberies, inspired the FBI investigation that permanently
shut down the Crazy Horse, and imprisoned its owner.
Kirk Henry being transported
(Photo by Buffalo Jim Barrier shown on DATELINE NBC)
Police and paramedics respond to Henry's beating at Crazy Horse Too
(Photo by Buffalo Jim Barrier shown on DATELINE NBC)
Judge Linda Bell
Judge Stewart Bell
Buffalo Jim Barrier was not a man of great
means. He was a humble auto mechanic who had the misfortune of owning a
business located next door to the mob.
Then-DA Stewart Bell turned his back when
police asked him to prosecute violent crimes at Rizzolo's business, and
Bell's daughter Linda ordered $10,000 be taken from the estate of a man
who helped the FBI, and the money be given to Rizzolo's attorneys.
Now the Patti & Sgro law firm has "in
fact, placed its credibility in issue" with the United States Federal Court.
Hopefully, Kirk Henry's attorneys will
continue their dogged determination to go after those who acted in
"an overt act in furtherance of the conspiracy" with the Rizzolos as described
below in Henry's FIRST CAUSE OF ACTION:
Document 1 Filed 05/16/2008 Page 3 of 7
FIRST CAUSE OF ACTION
(Conspiracy to Defraud)
7. Beginning on or about May 24, 2005,
the Defendants Rick and Lisa Rizzolo together, and with each other and
with third persons acting in concert with them (believed to include attorneys
and accountants whose names are not presently known but who will be
added as parties once their identities are confirmed) did combine,
conspire, confederate and agree together and with each other to defraud
the Plaintiffs and each of them.
13. In an overt act in furtherance of
the conspiracy, Rick Rizzolo and Lisa Rizzolo, together with third parties
believed to include attorneys and accountants (whose names are not
presently known but who will be added as parties once their identities
are confirmed), formed a so-called “family trust” and thereafter transferred
their assets into the same in an attempt to shield the assets available
to compensate the Henrys for their catastrophic injuries.
(Emphasis added by Steve Miller)
If they are added
as "parties," Dean Patti, Tony Sgro, and John Dawson will be forced to
defend their collusive actions in Federal Court for all to see.
the Bells will have to live with their conscience.