The Rick Rizzolo Connection
Provided as a public service by Steve Miller , syndicated true crime columnist

Here are links to a chronological list of news articles including many that comment on the relationship between Las Vegas politicians, law enforcement officials, underworld figures, and Frederick "Rick" Rizzolo, the purported owner of the Crazy Horse Too topless bar. The Crazy Horse Too, unlike any other adult business in Vegas, until its closure in July 2007, was the repeated scene of violence, prostitution, extortion, and coercion. Club owner Rick Rizzolo was convicted for beating a patron with a baseball bat in 1985. Police records also reveal nine assault and six robbery cases all involving Crazy Horse Too employees, along with 737 police responses in just 3 years -- many based on customers being beaten after refusing to sign falsified credit card bills -- but there have been no criminal prosecutions. I first broke this story in 1999, concerned that organized crime had infiltrated Las VegasCity Hall, the Clark County DA's Office, state judiciary, and the LV Metro Police Department. My stories made national news and helped inspire investigations by the FBI and IRS. In 2000, Rizzolo sued me for libel and came close to getting a compromised state court judge to issue a gag order stopping my reports, but she backed down at the last minute when the ACLU and Las Vegas Review Journal intervened. Undaunted, I kept reporting, and the suit was dismissed. Meanwhile, as the extortion and violence continued, our former mob lawyer-turned-mayor, Oscar Goodman, coddled Mr. Rizzolo and his friends, some who were Goodman's former law firm's clients and now prospective clients for his partners David Chesnoff and Jay Brown, along with Goodman's two lawyer sons. District Attorney David Roger, after accepting, then purportedly returning, $40,000 in campaign contributions from Rizzolo, during the first week he was in office in 2003 dropped five LVMPD cases waiting for prosecution against employees of the Crazy Horse. The first day after Roger's reelection in 2006, he plea bargained a Trafficking in Controlled Substance charge against Rick Rizzolo's brother Ralph down to Misdemeanor Possession, and in 2008, refused to vigorously prosecute Rizzolo's son for stabbing a man during a botched extortion attempt..  On October 25, 2001, I asked Mayor Goodman to bring the Crazy Horse Too before the city council on an administrative action to defend its privileged license. He refused then immediately sponsored custom designed ordinances allowing the bar to expand, and employ teenage strippers. In 2003, Goodman proudly accepted a $40,000 campaign contribution from Rizzolo. In 2006, the mayor told the Review-Journal: "I like Rick Rizzolo. He goes to Piero's every Thanksgiving and feeds hundreds of needy people. And he treats them with dignity." The Mayor even went so far as to pay a personal visit to my home to try to appease me. Rick Rizzolo made his fortune by paying off crooked cops, politicians, DAs and judges to keep a lid on his and his associate's criminal activities. It has now taken the FBI and IRS to clean up what we on a local level should have had the courage to stop years ago. On September 6, 2006, the Las Vegas City Council unanimously voted to permanently revoke Rizzolo's liquor license and fine him $2.2 million dollars. This could not have happened had Mayor Oscar Goodman presided over the hearing. To make sure he didn't, on July 10, I filed an Ethics Complaint against Goodman pointing out his serious conflicts of interest regarding Rizzolo. Because Goodman was forced to abstain by my complaint, the playing field was leveled allowing Mayor Pro Tem Gary Reese to preside over the meeting and shut down the Crazy Horse. But that didn't last for long. The bar miraculously re-opened, but within a year was shut down again. On June 30, 2008, the bar's grand fathered adult use zoning finally expired. Rizzolo's criminal activities were photographed and reported on a daily basis by his next door neighbor, garage owner James "Buffalo Jim" Barrier, and AmericanMafia.com photographer Mike Christ. Barrier died a mysterious death the day after Rick Rizzolo was released from prison. "The Ghost of Buffalo Jim" can be heard by clicking HERE. The haunting lyrics tell the story of what many believe to be the last hours of the man who fought the current Vegas mob - and won.  SM
 

AmericanMafia.com articles about Rick Rizzolo authored by Steve Miller
 

CANADA FREE PRESS articles about Rick Rizzolo authored by Steve Miller

$9 million judgment upheld in Crazy Horse Too assault
March 27, 2014
By SEAN WHALEY
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL CAPITAL BUREAU
CARSON CITY — The Nevada Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a $9 million judgment against former topless club owner Rick Rizzolo stemming from a 2001 incident that left a Kansas man a quadriplegic...  Campbell said he has been able to obtain a sum of money for the Henrys in a settlement with Rizzolo’s ex-wife over funds traced to the Cook Islands... After the November hearing, Campbell had harsh words for Rizzolo. “In my experience Mr. Rizzolo is one of the most despicable human beings I have ever dealt with in my professional career either as a prosecutor or as a civil litigant,” he said.

$9 million judgment against former Crazy Horse Too owner upheld
By Cy Ryan
LAS VEGAS SUN
March 27, 2014
CARSON CITY – The Nevada Supreme Court has upheld a $9 million judgment against former Las Vegas strip club owner Rick Rizzolo in a case where a customer was beaten and left paralyzed in a dispute over an $80 bar tab.

State Supreme Court Upholds Vegas Strip Club Order
March 27, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada Supreme Court has upheld a $9 million judgment against the former owner of a Las Vegas strip club where a customer was left paralyzed after a bouncer beat him in a dispute over an $80 bar tab. The Las Vegas Sun reported that the court upheld an earlier ruling in Clark County that Rick Rizzolo, former owner of the Crazy Horse Too Gentlemen’s Club, owes the money to Kirk Henry and his wife, Amy. The Kansas couple first filed suit in Las Vegas against Rizzolo and the strip club shortly after the incident in 2001. Kirk Henry was paralyzed from the neck down. Rizzolo was sentenced to a year in prison in 2007 and fined $250,000 for federal income tax violations.

Judge says Las Vegas strip club can use Crazy Horse Too name
February 12, 2014
By JEFF GERMAN
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
U.S. District Judge James Mahan issued a decision withdrawing a preliminary injunction prohibiting Galam from using “crazy horse” in the club’s name. Mahan said new evidence had surfaced that showed Galam purchased the rights to the term when he bought the troubled property. The Crazy Horse Too’s longtime former owner, Rick Rizzolo, was forced out in 2006 after he pleaded guilty in a decade-long FBI-IRS racketeering investigation. The government ended up seizing the club in 2007 while Rizzolo was in federal prison and ultimately shut it down until Galam, acquired it. During its heyday under Rizzolo’s ownership, the Crazy Horse Too was a haven for mobsters, celebrities and politicians.

Gaming regulators reject former casino exec's suitability request
Former Golden Nugget owner and Wynn Resorts Ltd. executive Tim Poster was questioned Wednesday on his past relationship with Rick Rizzolo, a former strip club owner with ties to mob figures. Ultimately, gaming regulators rejected Poster's request for a full-fledged gaming license.
By HOWARD STUTZ
December 5, 2013
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

Rizzolo ordered to pay $4,250,000 forfeiture and $1,734,000 back taxes
November 21, 2013
INSIDER E-BRIEF by Steve Miller

HENRY v. RIZZOLO - CASE CLOSED
Millions in restitution finally paid to beating victim
Fraudulently transferred $3 million held in trust awaits
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision, and Rizzolo
files new suit seeking all decisions be reversed
INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
AmericanMafia.com
August 12, 2013

U.S. Judge Philip Pro: “Seems like this case is done.”
By Steve Miller Thursday, July 25, 2013
CANADA FREE PRESS
During argument, Erwin stated that “remedy (has) already (been) achieved,” meaning that Kirk Henry has received the majority of the $10 million dollars Rizzolo agreed to pay in exchange for a shortened prison sentence. Judge Pro mentioned that there should be no further need for a Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act jury trial since Lisa Rizzolo has performed in transferring to Henry an agreed upon portion of the funds Rick placed in her name and hid in the Cook Islands. The amount is sealed.

Accused mob figure pleads guilty to filing false tax return
By JEFF GERMAN. July 17, 2013
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Vincent Faraci, a mob-connected player in the racketeering days of the old Crazy Horse Too strip club, pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to filing a false 2006 tax return.
Faraci, 58, a reputed Bonanno crime family member now running a nightclub in Brooklyn, admitted in his plea agreement that he failed to report $134,904 in income on the tax return when he filed it in 2008. He also admitted he did not pay $46,869 in additional taxes.

Weeks before it reopens, Crazy Horse Too fending off a lawsuit filed by … Crazy Horse III
By John Katsilometes
LAS VEGAS SUN
Saturday, May 4, 2013
If you remember where the late Buffalo Jim Barrier once repaired cars and masterminded his Buffalo Wrestling Federation fight cards, the Horse is still there, abutting Buff's old Auto & Marine repair shop. And if you remember that Barrier tried to stage an actual bout pitting himself against the club’s hotshot operator, Rick Rizzolo, you will regret that match never came off.

Crazy Horse Too's new owner to try to scrub away its sordid past
John L. Smith
March 31, 2013
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Galam, 47, said he’s read the stories and makes it clear he has nothing to do with the previous owner.

Former Vegas mob guy Faraci back on radar
by John L. Smith
Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Faraci has a long history of hoodlum activity in New York and Las Vegas, where he was a fixture not only at the CH Too but also at Pure nightclub inside Caesars Palace. Despite his long family ties to the Bonanno crime group, in which his father “Johnny Green” Faraci was a capo, Faraci has long been suspected of providing strippers for groups and high rollers on the Strip. The dancers became known as “Vinny’s Girls” and often worked the prime shifts at the CH Too.

John L. Smith: RIZZOLO FREEZE:
Oct. 12, 2012
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
His patience exhausted, U.S. District Judge Philip Pro this week moved to freeze Lisa Rizzolo's formerly secret Cook Islands bank account and put her on a court-approved household budget. The decision is a victory for the family of a Kansas tourist who was made a quadriplegic after being beaten outside the Crazy Horse Too topless cabaret, formerly owned by Rizzolo's ex-husband, Rick Rizzolo. In his order in the wake of Wednesday's hearing, Pro wrote, "Based on the briefs, the parties' arguments, and the entire record in this case, the Court concludes the Plaintiffs have established that they are likely to succeed on the merits, they are likely to suffer irreparable harm in the absence of preliminary injunctive relief, the balance of equities tips in their favor, and injunctive relief is in the public interest."
(For another view of the Rizzolo affair, check out attorney Herb Sachs' letter on my blog at lvrj.com.)
BLOG:
Sachs: 'More to Rizzolo case than meets the eye'
Posted by John L. Smith
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Credit Herb Sachs, attorney for Kimtran Rizzolo, for trying to defend his client against long odds and considerable facts.
Kimtran Rizzolo finds herself ensnared in the widening roundup of money attorneys Donald Campbell and Stanley Hunterton argue is owed their clients Kirk and Amy Henry. Kirk Henry was made a quadriplegic after being beaten outside the Crazy Horse Too topless cabaret in September 2001, and its former owner Rick Rizzolo promised to pay $10 million as part of the global settlement he signed to resolve a lengthy federal criminal investigation of his mobbed-up business activity. Kimtran Rizzolo was married to Rick Rizzolo's late father, Bart, who received a $1 million windfall from the sale of a Philadelphia topless club in which his son had an investment. The U.S. District Court continues to rule against ousted topless mogul Rizzolo and his family and former wife, Lisa, as the Henrys seek what they're owed.
Here is a recent letter from Sachs, who is no fan of my coverage of this case.

Injunctive Relief Against the Dissipation or Transfer of Assets
BREAKING:  Judge Pro Rules in Kirk Henry’s Favor
CANADA FREE PRESS
By Steve Miller  Wednesday
October 10, 2012
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Defendants Lisa Rizzolo, the LMR Trust, and the Lisa M. Rizzolo Separate Property Trust are hereby enjoined from taking any action, either directly or indirectly, from withdrawing, assigning, dissipating, encumbering, or otherwise disposing of any of the funds in the identified Cook Islands account.
DATED: October 10, 2012
PHILIP M. PRO
United States District Judge

John L. Smith: Lawyer wants prosecutors to follow money, not Rizzolo name
Oct. 5, 2012
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Kimtran Rizzolo was married to Bart Rizzolo, late father of the mobbed-up former topless club owner. After Bart Rizzolo's death, his widow got approximately $1 million from the sale of a Philadelphia topless club in which Rick Rizzolo held an interest. Sachs continues to argue that the money legally belongs to his client because she received it from her late husband's estate, not directly from the former club king. Rick Rizzolo is being pursued in federal court by attorneys for Kirk Henry, the Kansas tourist who was made a quadriplegic after being assaulted by one of Rizzolo's Crazy Horse Too goons in September 2001. U.S. District Judge Philip Pro and Magistrate Judge George Foley Jr. repeatedly have ruled in favor of Henry and his wife. Sachs has appealed Pro's decision.

John L. Smith: Judge keeps pressure on former Crazy Horse Too owner
Sep. 21, 2012
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Rizzolo already has involved ex-wife Lisa Rizzolo in his fraudulent behavior. Now U.S. District Judge Philip Pro has ruled that Rizzolo perpetrated another fraud, this one involving his late father, Bart Rizzolo, and his father's widow, Kimtran Rizzolo... Foley reiterated that Pro determined Rizzolo "made these transfers and assignment to Bart Rizzolo and/or Kimtran Rizzolo with actual intent to hinder, delay, and defraud his creditors, in particular the Plaintiffs Kirk and Amy Henry," in violation of Nevada law.

Donation or bribe? Crazy Horse’s $1.4 million quid pro quo raises questions
By Joe Schoenmann
Friday, June 22, 2012
LAS VEGAS SUN
A Nevada ethics watchdog group likened an expected $1.46 million donation to Las Vegas to a “public bribe” after learning new owners of the shuttered Crazy Horse Too strip club said they would give the city that much money for a permit. Coffin added he would rather the city receive no money and that if any money is donated, it should go to Kansas-area tourist Kirk Henry, who was paralyzed after a fight over a bar tab outside the club in 2001. Henry sued and is still owed some $10 million. “If anybody gets money, it ought to be Mr. Henry,” Coffin added. “The city is hurt anytime something like this happens, and the city had not corrected the problem (at Crazy Horse Too). I had a list of police calls for service a mile long from 1998 to 2001 and tons afterward. But licensing didn’t clamp down on them. No one clamped down on them.”

Infamous topless club may get new life
By Benjamin Spillman
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
 Jun. 21, 2012
Rizzolo, who has been suspected of having ties to organized crime, has been to federal prison for violating tax laws and has been ordered by a court to pay Henry a $10 million judgment. Despite the order and allegations Rizzolo is socking money away to fund a lavish lifestyle, Henry has only seen about $1 million of the amount he is owed.

John L. Smith: Another chapter begins in seedy story of Crazy Horse Too
Jun. 19, 2012
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
The Crazy Horse Too loiters like a $20 streetwalker on Industrial Road in the shadow of the Sahara Avenue overpass.
Rick Rizzolo and his cast of "Sopranos" extras ran the place like their own fiefdom for more than two decades. Rizzolo made millions and sprinkled the local political and judicial circuits with more campaign cash than many corporate casinos. Quick to buy a drink, quicker to read the local playing field: He was the mayor of the Las Vegas night.
Police were called hundreds of times to the Crazy Horse Too, but neither the local coppers nor cross-eyed bureaucrats from the city of Las Vegas could find it in the community's best interests to close the place. And if on occasion a drunken customer was beaten nearly to death with a ball bat, well, no one said topless club racketeers were choirboys.

John L. Smith: RIZZOLO TROUBLES
May 25, 2012
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Dominic Rizzolo, son of former Crazy Horse Too boss Rick Rizzolo, was arrested this week in Deltona, Fla., and charged with beating a customer at a strip mall casino he manages called the EZ Play Internet Café. In 2009 in Las Vegas, the younger Rizzolo received a suspended sentence after being convicted in a stabbing case.

2 managers at Deltona Internet cafe charged with beating man
1 arrested convicted of extortion in Las Vegas stabbing
By PATRICIO G. BALONA, Staff Writer
The Daytona Beach News-Journal
May 22, 2012
Dominic Rizzolo, 30, of Orlando, who identified himself as a managing partner of EZ Play in a March 2011 news story, was also arrested Saturday on a similar charge, records show. According to a Las Vegas Review-Journal report, authorities in Las Vegas, where Rizzolo is from, accused him of trying to extort $20,000 from a man whom he suspected of credit card theft and stabbing him in the abdomen. The attack occurred Jan. 21, 2008, at the victim's home in Las Vegas, said Officer Jose Hernandez, spokesman for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Rizzolo and the victim, who knew each other, got into a struggle at the victim's home at 9 p.m. and he pulled out a knife and stabbed the man once in the stomach, Hernandez said. Las Vegas District Judge Jackie Glass sentenced Rizzolo to spend 12 months to 72 months in prison, but suspended the sentence. She placed Rizzolo on probation for five years in 2009, according to the newspaper report.

Suspect in strip mall casino beating has ties to the mafia
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
WFTV Channel 9 News
Orlando, Florida
Dominic Rizzolo, a manager at a strip mall casino, is accused of beating a customer with a hammer. Channel nine uncovered he is part of an infamous mafia family out of Las Vegas.

Two arrested in connection with bloody Deltona strip mall casino beating
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
WFTV Channel 9 News
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — WFTV has learned a strip mall casino in Deltona where a patron was severely beaten could be linked to the Mafia. Reporter Kathi Belich said one of the men arrested, Dominic Rizzolo, has family in Las Vegas that is allegedly involved in suspected mob activities. Dominic Rizzolo was sentenced to probation in Las Vegas several years ago after stabbing a man he suspected of a $20,000 credit card theft. He completed the probation two years ago.

Ex-strip club owner Rizzolo told to pay paralyzed tourist
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Apr. 20, 2012
By Jeff German
The violations occurred after Rizzolo, suspected of having ties to organized crime, served 10 months of a one-year prison sentence for a felony tax conviction. Rizzolo pleaded guilty to the tax charge in 2006 to end a decade-long FBI racketeering investigation at the Crazy Horse Too.

Ex-Vegas club owner told to pay paralyzed man $1 million
Associated Press
Friday, April 20, 2012
A federal court has ordered an imprisoned former Las Vegas strip club owner to pay $1.05 million to a Kansas tourist left paralyzed after a dispute with club employees in 2001. An order filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas puts former Crazy Horse Too club owner Rick Rizzolo and his family on the hook to pay Kirk Henry and his wife, Amy Henry, within 30 days.

KLAS-TV 8 News NOW
Former Strip Club Owner Ordered to Pay $1.05 Million
Apr 19, 2012
By Guy DeMarco
LAS VEGAS - Former Crazy Horse Too strip club owner Rick Rizzolo and his family have been ordered to pay $1.05 million to a man who was paralyzed outside of the Crazy Horse Too in 2001. A federal judge Thursday ordered Rizzolo and his family to "make the necessary arrangements to transfer funds in the amount of $1,052,996.03 to Plaintiffs Kirk Henry and Amy Henry within thirty (30) days.

Rizzolo soon may have to show crime does pay ­-- its victims
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Apr. 10, 2012
But perhaps in the coming months Rizzolo will be forced to memorize a version of the Henny Youngman one-liner: "Take my wife's money, please."

BREAKING: Rick Rizzolo loses appeal
Rizzolo is incorrect when he argues that the district court still had no discretion to allow the lawyer to be heard.
By Steve Miller
CANADA FREE PRESS
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
At 11:49 AM, Tuesday April 3, 2012, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued the following MEMORANDUM stating that they have DISPOSED of Rick Rizzolo’s appeal of his additional 9 month prison sentence and 24 month extension of parole.
This DISPOSITION opens the door for beating victim Kirk Henry and the IRS to go after Lisa and Kimtran Rizzolo for conspiring to evade court ordered payment of Rick Rizzolo’s personal debts.
FULL JUDGEMENT

Former Crazy Horse Too owner loses appeal
By Jeff German
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Apr. 3, 2012 .
Prosecutors contended last year that Rizzolo had concealed from probation officers a series of lucrative financial transactions, including several with offshore trust accounts. Many of the transactions were related to $1 million from the sale of a Philadelphia strip club one day before his 2008 release.

John L. Smith:  CRAZY CASE
Mar. 30, 2012
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
The seemingly never-ending legal affairs of former Crazy Horse Too topless cabaret owner Rick Rizzolo continue with his latest attorney, Dominic Gentile, asking the court for permission to bow out as counsel.
Rizzolo, who of late has been getting his mail from behind bars after violating his parole, continues to fight attempts to collect more than $10 million in a litigation related to the beating of Kansas tourist Kirk Henry.
Rizzolo was slapped with a nine-month sentence last July by U.S. District Judge Philip Pro for a parole violation that included deceiving his federal parole officer. The judge tightened the conditions of Rizzolo's parole and has ordered the return from an offshore bank account of millions of dollars the ousted topless lord was attempting to conceal.

San Francisco Chronicle
Appeals judges hear strip club mogul case at UNLV
By KEN RITTER, Associated Press
March 19, 2012
Attorney Dominic Gentile asked the three 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges to make a distinction between the one-year-and-one-day sentence that ex-Crazy Horse Too owner Rick Rizzolo served in the tax case and the nine-month sentence that U.S. District Judge Philip Pro imposed after hearing that Rizzolo failed to make restitution to a Kansas tourist who was paralyzed in a scuffle with club bouncers in 2001.
"He committed the acts," Judge N. Randy Smith of Idaho declared. "On that point, isn't it the end of the story?"
"We are challenging what the court did," Gentile responded.
"Why shouldn't we give Judge Pro the benefit to the doubt?" asked Judge Jay Bybee of Nevada.

Federal appeals panel hears arguments in Rizzolo case in Las Vegas
By Jeff German
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Mar. 20, 2012
At one point, when pressed by 9th Circuit Judge N. Randy Smith of Idaho, Gentile acknowledged that he wasn't contesting the acts committed by Rizzolo that prompted Pro to send the topless club owner back to prison.
"Isn't that the end of the story?" Smith asked.
Gentile responded that Pro had abused his discretion when handing out the additional prison time, which violated the federal law governing the judge's handling of the sentence.
The appeals panel did not issue an opinion after the hearing.

John L. Smith: MILLER'S CROSSING
Sep. 23, 2011
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Former Las Vegas City Councilman Steve Miller, who has dedicated much of his life in recent years to harassing former Crazy Horse Too topless cabaret boss Rick Rizzolo, recently got his wish when the ousted skin merchant was sent back to jail. Not satisfied, Miller continues to pound away at his nemesis via Internet missives and articles on the Canada Free Press website.

Ex-strip club owner loses bid to stay out of prison pending appeal
By Jeff German
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Sep. 12, 2011
U.S. District Judge Philip Pro refused Monday to hold up Rick Rizzolo's surrender to prison authorities this week.

John L. Smith: Rizzolo's Mercedes Seized
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 5, 2011
BOULEVARD II: So, former topless club mogul Rick Rizzolo lost his fancy Mercedes to lawyers for the Henry family. Well, big guy, there's always the CAT Bus.

Ex-strip club owner Rizzolo appeals return to prison
By Jeff German
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Jul. 28, 2011
Former Crazy Horse Too owner Rick Rizzolo filed notice with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday that he is appealing a federal judge's decision to send him back to prison.

John L. Smith: 'Crime doesn't pay' philosophy works for ex-strip club owner
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Sunday, July 24, 2011
The revelation hasn't gone unnoticed by the Criminal Investigation division of the IRS, which had an agent in court this past week. I'm not sure where implicating the mother of your children in potential felonies ranks on the standup guy meter, but I'm guessing it's not very high. On Wednesday, Pro grew tired of Rizzolo's gum-snapping wiseguy routine.

Judge sends former strip club owner Rizzolo back to prison for nine months
By Jeff German
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Jul. 20, 2011
U.S. District Judge Philip Pro on Wednesday sentenced former Crazy Horse Too owner Rick Rizzolo to spend nine months behind bars for violating the terms of his early release from prison. Following more than two hours of arguments, Pro from the bench also placed Rizzolo on two additional years of supervised release and added a series of conditions to the sentence, including ordering him to transfer his offshore accounts to the United States so that the government can keep a better eye on them. VIDEO

Los Angeles group buys Crazy Horse Too for $3 million
By Jeff German
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Jul. 1, 2011
They held a public auction for the Crazy Horse Too on Friday, but nobody showed up. So the owner of the property's first deed of trust bought the shuttered strip club for $3 million -- tens of millions of dollars less than the club's worth during its heyday as a thriving hangout for mobsters, politicians and celebrities.

No Bidders for Las Vegas' Crazy Horse Too Strip Club
Posted: Jul 01, 2011 3:22 PM PDT
By Caroline Bleakley, Online Managing Editor
KLAS TV News
The club was once valued at $35 million but because no one showed up to place a bid it defaulted to the owner of the property's first deed of trust Canico Capital Group for $3 million. The company says it's too early to discuss plans for the property.

John L. Smith
Jun. 10, 2011
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
ON THE BOULEVARD: With the notorious Crazy Horse Too topless cabaret up for government auction on July 1, speculation is already building about whether some of the club's former associates will be making proxy bids. Without the dancing girls and a liquor license, it's nothing more than a gaudy warehouse in a homely Industrial Road strip mall.

Crazy Horse Too going on auction block July 1
By Jeff German
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Jun. 8, 2011
After more than four years of failed efforts to sell the Crazy Horse Too, mostly by the government, the once-popular strip club is going on the auction block.

Prosecutors want to send former strip club boss back to prison
By Jeff German
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Mar. 29, 2011
Prosecutors Tuesday started making their case that former strip club owner Rick Rizzolo should lose his freedom for violating the terms of his April 2008 supervised released. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Johnson, who led the 2006 criminal prosecution of the former Crazy Horse Too owner, charged that Rizzolo committed a "pattern of deceit" from the very day of his April 4, 2008 release from a Las Vegas halfway house.

Rizzolo May Return to Prison
CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc.
March 30, 2011
(Las Vegas, NV)  –  A former strip club owner could return to prison for violating the terms of his release.  According to federal prosecutors, Rick Rizzolo committed a “pattern of deceit” after he was released from a local halfway house in April 2008. They claim the former Crazy Horse Too owner concealed a number of financial deals, and failed to pay back taxes as part of a plea agreement to end an FBI investigation. A hearing on Rizzolo’s fate resumes May 9th.

Is Rizzolo finally running out of moves?
John L. Smith
Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Shortly after Rizzolo’s 2008 release following a 366-day prison sentence, it became clear to Hunterton and Campbell that the high-rolling casino customer was either unwilling or unable to compensate the Henrys. Once they began delving into Rizzolo’s lifestyle, and found that he hadn’t sought employment, had made $1 million from his share of a topless cabaret development in Philadelphia, had sold a vintage Corvette for $100,000, and had run up a string of expensive purchases on his credit cards, they became convinced he would never willingly pay his debts. When they discovered that he’d helped arrange to open offshore bank accounts in the name of former wife Lisa Rizzolo, they brought all their findings to the attention of the U.S. District Court, U.S. Attorney’s office, and federal parole and probation.

John L. Smith
Feb. 27, 2011
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Questions, doubts adding up about U.S. attorney's office
The tangled affair of Rick Rizzolo, the ill-fated sale of his notorious Crazy Horse Too topless club, and the lack of compensation received by crippled beating victim Kirk Henry has filled reams of newsprint. Henry family co-counsel Stan Hunterton, himself a former federal prosecutor, expressed his frustration publicly over the time it is taking to get justice for his clients.

Feds drop effort to sell closed Crazy Horse Too strip club
By Jeff German
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Feb. 24, 2011
Pro's ruling from the bench Thursday gives lawyers for Henry and his wife, Amy, the green light to go after Rizzolo personally for money he owes the couple. The Henrys are suing Rizzolo for fraud in federal court, alleging he created a sham divorce with his wife, Lisa, to avoid paying them.

Judge to decide if former strip club owner should return to jail
By Jeff German
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Feb. 23, 2011
Federal probation officials say former Crazy Horse Too owner Rick Rizzolo unlawfully hid $1 million from the sale of a Philadelphia strip club from them for more than two years. And now they want a judge to send him back to prison for violating the terms of his April 4, 2008, supervised release.

Dec. 23, 2010
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
Public sale looms for closed Crazy Horse Too strip club
By JEFF GERMAN
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
U.S. District Judge Philip Pro on Wednesday issued an order giving the U.S. Marshals Service a May 3 deadline to sell the closed club, once a hangout for movie stars, politicians and mobsters, "by any lawful means, including public auction."

Sep. 10, 2010
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
JOHN L. SMITH: RIZZOLO TROUBLE:
In a motion filed Thursday in U.S. District Court, attorneys Stan Hunterton and Donald Campbell accuse Rizzolo of violating the conditions of his parole on tax evasion by lying to authorities, attempting to hide his assets through confidential offshore trust accounts, engaging in a sham divorce from his wife, Lisa, diverting proceeds from the sale of Philadelphia real estate, and enjoying a high-rolling lifestyle despite owing the Henrys $9 million as a settlement in the 2001 beating of Kirk Henry, who was paralyzed by injuries suffered in the parking lot of the Industrial Road club.

Rick Rizzolo's August 17 & 18, 2010, DEPOSITION: Pg. 1-48, Pg. 49-100, Pg. 103-170, Pg. 173-256, Pg. 257-311

May. 02, 2010
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
JOHN L. SMITH: It's time Rizzolo starts paying millions to quadriplegic
On April 3, 2008, evidence shows he received $990,000 from the sale of a Philadelphia topless club. The money was transferred into the Lion Limited Partnership and then wired to RLR Trust, his confidential offshore account in the Cook Islands. Rizzolo then ordered $600,000 to be transferred into ex-wife Lisa Rizzolo's Cook Islands trust account. His father, Bart Rizzolo, was sent $200,000, and $100,000 was transferred to the law offices of Patti Sgro & Lewis. As the Cook Islands trust accounts were supposedly secret, none of this was disclosed to Rizzolo's parole officer. In a deposition, however, Lisa Rizzolo admitted the existence of the accounts.

February 5, 2010
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Steve Miller Interview: Crime and Corruption in Present day Las Vegas
Miller first began investigating Rizzolo when the strip club owner opened a new, extended bar “without a building permit; additional parking spaces; traffic plan; or certificate of occupancy from the fire department”. To still be legally allowed to open any sort of public entertainment venue without any of these requirements would usually be impossible and Miller became interested about just how Rizzolo had obtained the permission of officials such as former Las Vegas Councilman Michael McDonald. For the past eleven years, Miller has documented the exploits of Rizzolo and his council cohorts (McDonald wasn’t re-elected in 2003 and it has since been discovered he was receiving kickbacks of $5,000 a month from Rizzolo) and has collected his findings on AmericanMafia.com. In 2000, Rizzolo attempted to sue Miller for libel, but undaunted, Miller knew that the truth would prevail.

Jan. 29, 2010
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JOHN L. SMITH: RIZZOLO MESS:
The seemingly endless saga of former topless club mogul Rick Rizzolo is scheduled to continue today with the trial of James Kimsey, the felon/paralegal who is accused of filing legal documents over Rizzolo's signature. The trial is scheduled for U.S. District Judge Philip Pro's courtroom. If Kimsey is found guilty, Rizzolo's days running from his $9 million judgment obligation to paralyzed Kansas tourist Kirk Henry could be near an end. If that happens, Rizzolo's mess will get much deeper. The list of potential defendants next in line to be charged with attempting to deceive federal authorities will surely make bigger headlines.

Dec. 16, 2009
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JOHN L. SMITH: Justice on hold: Feds unable to put Rizzolo matter to rest
Welcome back to Las Vegas, U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden.
Plenty has changed in a short time in Las Vegas, but one thing remains the same: Your office has failed to slam the books on former Vegas topless mogul Rick Rizzolo and the sale of his infamous Crazy Horse Too. In fact, I'll wager that embarrassing apparition continues to haunt your office as it tries to handle an increasingly diverse caseload.

Oct. 24, 2009
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Judge tells Rizzolo he can't use felon in lawsuit defense
Ex-strip club owner must pay some expenses of plaintiff paralyzed after 2001 altercation
By CARRI GEER THEVENOT
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

Oct. 09, 2009
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
Lawyers link felon, Rizzolo's legal effort
By CARRI GEER THEVENOT
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
The lawyers said they have racked up $260,000 in fees while responding to frivolous motions from Rizzolo and Kimsey. They suggested that the relationship between the two felons violates the conditions of Rizzolo's release from prison.

Jun. 07, 2009
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JOHN L. SMITH: Deposition of Rizzolo's wife generates more questions than answers

For the record, the answer is the South Pacific.

That's where you'll find the Cook Islands.

On the Cook Islands you'll find an office of Capital Security Bank and its parent Southpac Trust International, which specializes in offshore accounts and asset protection.

In a Southpac account belonging to Lisa Rizzolo, you'll find about $6 million. That much she knows.

The former Mrs. Rick Rizzolo didn't know on which island the bank holds her millions. She didn't know what ocean the Cook Islands were in. In her May 12 deposition, she admitted transferring millions to the offshore account. She also admitted making $600,000 in loans to her ex-husband. Although she offered no proof, she swore the loans were repaid.

FULL DEPOSITION:
Section 1
Section 2

Mar. 25, 2009
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal

JOHN L. SMITH: Ruling gives lawyers a chance to pursue assets of former topless bar boss

But thanks to a ruling Monday from U.S. District Judge Philip Pro, civil attorneys attempting to recover the $9 million Rizzolo owes Amy and Kirk Henry will now get the opportunity to pursue any assets the former topless bar boss might have fraudulently transferred. And that means Rizzolo, his former wife, adult son, and other parties will need to make themselves available to give their depositions. It would be much easier, of course, if Rizzolo awakened and coughed up the money he's already admitted he owes the Henrys.

Mar. 25, 2009
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
Ex-club owner faces financial questions
By LAWRENCE MOWER and ADRIENNE PACKER
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

A judge's decision has cleared the way for attorneys representing a paralyzed tourist to determine whether former strip club operator Rick Rizzolo hid his financial assets through a 2005 divorce.

JOHN L. SMITH: Grand jury investigation of McDonald keeps Rizzolo in hot seat
Mar. 01, 2009
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal

Subpoena of Rizzolo sparks buzz of speculation
The former Crazy Horse Too owner is ordered
to appear before a federal grand jury
By Jeff German
LAS VEGAS SUN
Mon, Feb 23, 2009

There’s plenty of buzz, however, around the courthouse about Rizzolo’s pending return to the building, which sources said is being coordinated by Justice Department lawyers from Washington, D.C. There has been talk that Rizzolo may be wielding influence at another local topless club in violation of his 2006 plea agreement to stay out of the business. There’s also speculation that he may have hid assets from the government in his amicable 2005 divorce.

Jan. 14, 2009
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
Rizzolo son avoids jail in battery case
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

The son of the former owner of the Crazy Horse Too topless cabaret will avoid jail time in a 2007 extortion and stabbing case. District Judge Jackie Glass on Tuesday sentenced Dominic Rizzolo, 26, son of Rick Rizzolo, to spend 12 months to 72 months in prison, but suspended the sentence.

San Jose Mercury
The Associated Press
01/13/2009
Son of former Vegas club owner gets probation

Jan. 13, 2009
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal

Rizzolo son gets suspended sentence in extortion, stabbing case

By DAVID KIHARA
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

The son of the former owner of the Crazy Horse Too topless cabaret will avoid jail time in a 2007 extortion and stabbing case.
 

Jan. 06, 2009
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JOHN L. SMITH: Until he pays his debt, Rick Rizzolo hangs like a monkey on your back
 

Jan. 03, 2009
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal

Man says Rizzolo is hedging on injury deal

By ADRIENNE PACKER
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

Attorneys representing a tourist left paralyzed after he was beaten at the Crazy Horse Too claim strip club owner Rick Rizzolo hid his assets to avoid honoring an agreement to pay the man $10 million.

A federal court judge granted Kirk Henry's request to force Rizzolo to produce financial documents, including checks, billing invoices, payment records, engagement letters and transmittal sheets, according to court records.

U.S. District Judge George Foley gave Rizzolo until Jan. 8 to submit the paperwork to the court.
 

Dec. 30, 2008
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal

'BUFFALO JIM' FAMILY MEMBERS UNSATISFIED
Daughter wants investigation into her father's death reopened

By ADRIENNE PACKER
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

The war between Buffalo Jim and his neighbor and landlord Rick Rizzolo was triggered a decade ago when Rizzolo wanted Barrier off his property east of Interstate 15 so he could expand his club. Barrier refused to leave. At the end of the battle, there were no winners.

Rizzolo, owner of the Crazy Horse Too Gentlemen's Club, pleaded guilty to tax evasion in 2006, spent six months in federal prison and was stripped of his business. Barrier was found dead in a motel room in April, a day after Rizzolo was released from prison.

Jennifer Barrier is convinced her 55-year-old father was murdered, and her family has long pointed a finger at Rizzolo.
 

CRAZY HORSE TOO LOSES ADULT USE ZONING AND CAN NO LONGER RE-OPEN

Judge rules against federal government in Crazy Horse Too case
By Jeff German · June 26, 2008
LAS VEGAS SUN

U.S. District Judge Philip Pro this morning denied a motion by federal prosecutors to postpone Monday’s city-imposed deadline to sell the Crazy Horse Too, leaving the fate of the closed topless club hanging in the balance.

The order is a blow to the government’s efforts to get a maximum sale price for the Crazy Horse Too so that its former owner Rick Rizzolo can pay off some $29 million in debts associated with the property. Those debts include $9 million owed to a Kansas City area man who was left paralyzed following a 2001 fight at the club.

In his eight-page order, Pro said that it was premature for him to take action and that he had no constitutional grounds to challenge the city zoning ordinances setting the deadline.

Pro also blamed the government for the “dilemma” it now faces.

“The United States could have attempted to obtain or extend the license and permits for the forfeited property by operating the Crazy Horse Too directly or through a receiver,” he wrote. “It chose not to do it.”

Pro said the government “must bear the consequences of its decision.”

Death in Las Vegas
James “Buffalo Jim” Barrier found dead.  Will Steve Miller be next?
 By Judi McLeod  Monday, April 7, 2008
Canada Free Press

 Steve Miller and Buffalo Jim Barrier. Through thick and thin they’ve been a team fighting mob corruption in Las Vegas for decades. And now Barrier is dead.

Apr. 08, 2008
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
Family, friends suspect foul play in death of 'Buffalo Jim'
By ADRIENNE PACKER
REVIEW-JOURNAL
 


Panel clears mayor
Ethics allegation found without merit

"I didn't do anything wrong," Goodman said Friday. "I assumed it would turn out that way." The allegation was filed by former Las Vegas City Councilman Steve Miller. "Whether they felt it was a valid request for opinion or not, it kept the mayor from helping his friends at the Crazy Horse," Miller said. "I'm glad I filed it. I'm glad the mayor kept his nose out of it."

Full record of ethics investigaion

Deadline for bids on Crazy Horse Too
Oct 31, 2007

KVBC TV Channel 3 News
 



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Former City Councilman Steve Miller is the mob's most outspoken enemy in Las Vegas, and he's encouraged by the fact that 8-10 new offers were submitted Tuesday from potential buyers of The Crazy Horse Too. But, just like the US Marshals - who now own the club - Miller wants to make sure the mob has no involvement in the club's future.

FULL STORY including STREAMING VIDEO: http://www.kvbc.com/Global/story.asp?S=7291439
 
 


http://www.kvbc.com/Global/story.asp?S=7004992
Includes Streaming Video


Crazy Horse Too goes into foreclosure

Aug 30, 2007 07:28 AM PDT

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. 

Uncle Sam now owns strip club
Government can try to sell or lease Crazy Horse Too
By Steve Kanigher
August 30, 2007
Las Vegas Sun
Another page in the saga of Rick Rizzolo was written Wednesday when U.S. marshals seized the notorious Crazy Horse Too, his former strip club on Industrial Road.

 

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JOHN L. SMITH: Feds are still nosing around the Crazy Horse Too
Sources say Deputy Chief for Business Management Leonard Briskman of the department's Asset Forfeiture Office asked a few questions about the property.

Judge rules against Rizzolo
Imprisoned strip club owner ordered to put $1 million in escrow
A District Court judge on Tuesday orderedCrazy Horse Too owner Rick Rizzolo to stow away $1 million pending the outcome of a lawsuit filed by longtime Rizzolo nemesis and neighboring business owner, James "Buffalo Jim" Barrier.

August 21, 2007
LAS VEGAS SUN
Editorial: Get tough with Rizzolo
He must not be allowed to hide his assets if ordered sale of his club does not cover debt


JOHN L. SMITH: Incarcerated topless bar mogul faces deadline to sell Crazy Horse Too

A jiggle joint located in a crummy strip mall in the middle of an industrial warehouse area next to a freeway isn't worth much once the liquor license is yanked and the dance stages go dark. As the sales deal foundered, the government lost its patience. Now U.S. District Judge Philip Pro has lost his patience, too. And that potentially means a major headache for the defendant and his family. Pay me now, or pay me later. Well, later has arrived. Judge Pro has opened the door to the government pursuing seizure of not only Rizzolo's wealth and property, but his ex-wife's as well. The U.S. attorney's motion to begin seizing Rizzolo's assets was granted by Pro, and Rizzolo has until Sept. 30 to beat his latest deadline or face the consequences. A failure to sell the property at a sufficient price would open the door to pursuing other family assets, and Rizzolo can't want that to happen.

August 19, 2007
Crazy Horse Too owner's millions eluding the feds

Strip club owner's ex-wife does well in divorce settlement

By Jeff German
Las Vegas Sun

The government says it cannot locate millions of dollars worth of Rizzolo assets that may be needed to satisfy his hefty financial end of the agreement.


Apr. 19, 2007
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City Council OKs permanent liquor license for club

By DAVID McGRATH SCHWARTZ
REVIEW-JOURNAL


Mike Signorelli, manager of Crazy Horse Too, appears Wednesday before the Las Vegas City Council.
Photo by Gary Thompson.

FULL STORY http://www.lvrj.com/news/7096406.html

The Crazy Horse Too Gentlemen's Club will remain open thanks to the Las Vegas City Council granting the club's new management a permanent liquor license on Wednesday.
The council members voted unanimously to give the license to Mike Signorelli despite recommendations from the city attorney and Las Vegas police to deny the application.
They told the council that there was a consistent pattern of the club's owner, felon Rick Rizzolo, influencing the topless club's operation though Signorelli's management of the club was supposed to be independent of Rizzolo.
"Mr. Signorelli may be doing his best effort to keep Rizzolo out, but it's happening anyway," City Attorney Brad Jerbic said. "He can't run this business without being influenced by Rizzolo's people."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
One of Oscar Goodman's City Hall subordinates
used his official position to keep the place open

Straw man Mike Signorelli with Goodman subordinate Jim DiFiore,
CLV Director of Business Activity. (AmericanMafia photo by Mike Christ)

Mayor Goodman's law partner and Senator Harry Reid's
business partner was the Crazy Horse Too's lawyer

Jay Brown (left) represented straw man Mike Signorelli who claims to
be buying the Crazy Horse Too. Brown, who's name has surfaced in
organized-crime investigations, was also Goodman's law partner, and
he and Goodman once served as Rick Rizzolo's corporate agents.
 (Review-Journalphoto by Clint Karlsen)

July 03, 2007
Las Vegas Sun
Crazy Horse Too patrons singing 'How Dry I Am'
 By Jeff German


JOHN L. SMITH: Crazy thing about Crazy Horse Too is that it was once a G-string gold mine


Crazy Horse Too runs dry
Club loses liquor license but stays open

It was unclear why the Crazy Horse Too went dry about three hours earlier than was required Saturday night. The pre-emptive move deprived Rizzolo's nemesis, former City Councilman Steve Miller, of drama that he would have trumpeted via the Internet. Miller was at the club for Saturday's deadline, along with a photographer and "Buffalo" Jim Barrier, who owns an auto repair business next to the club. They spent their time shooting pictures of hypodermic needles and a pregnancy test (positive) in the club's parking lot.
FULL STORY: http://www.lvrj.com/news/8278207.html


Strip club sale stalled as investors drop bids
I think it's fairly apparent now that this whole thing has been a scam," attorney Don Campbell said. He argued that he needs to look at Rizzolo's assets, since the imprisoned businessman is now saying he is broke. "I need to take some examination," he said. "There's no vehicle here, when he's saying, 'I don't have any money,' by which ..." District Court Judge Jackie Glass interrupted."Stop , stop, please. I did not draft the settlement agreement," she said, obviously annoyed. "You have to wait for the sale of this business." The settlement agreement clearly states that Henry doesn't get the rest of his payment until the club is sold, she said... Both Campbell and Rizzolo's attorney have blamed the city revoking Rizzolo's liquor license for the stalled sale. Glass's husband, Steve Wolfson, sits on the Las Vegas City Council.
 FULL STORY: http://www.lvrj.com/news/8260717.html

June 24, 2007
Las Vegas Sun
Countdown to closing time
Buyers have one week to purchase club before likely temporary shutdown
By Jeff German and Mark Hansel


June 19, 2007
Las Vegas Sun
Deadline for club's sale looms
Crazy Horse Too's 'permanent' liquor license in jeopardy
By Mark Hansel
Former Las Vegas City Councilman Steve Miller, a vocal critic of the council on this issue, says Signorelli is simply a front who allowed Rizzolo to continue to exercise control over the club even after he signed the plea deal requiring him to sell it. Signorelli, Miller says, has used his position as a legitimate businessman to get approval for the liquor license and keep the business open - with Rizzolo still calling some of the shots.



Jun. 03, 2007
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
JOHN L. SMITH: Time and federal patience has run out for Crazy Horse Too owner

May 10, 2007
LAS VEGAS WEEKLY

The Rise and Fall of Crazy Horse Too

by Joshua Longobardy 

Four perspectives on the violent, greedy tale of an iconic strip club

May 01, 2007
American success - Vegas style
Crazy Horse Too granted liquor license despite all that was going against it
By Mark Hansel
Las Vegas Sun
Wolfson, who led the questioning at the April 17 meeting, said Signorelli had taken steps to correct the problems and deserved the license. "Mr. Signorelli has been in town for many, many years, and there's not been one blemish against his record," Wolfson said. "He's a respected businessman who offered evidence of his good credit with financial institutions."


Feb. 15, 2007
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
Ex-club official sentenced
Troubles blamed on friendship with Rizzolo
By CARRI GEER THEVENOT
REVIEW-JOURNAL 

Feb. 14, 2007
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
Former topless club shift manager sentenced to 41 months
By GLENN PUIT
REVIEW-JOURNAL

Jan. 24, 2007
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
Rizzolo gets year and a day in prison
Crazy Horse Too owner given time to finalize sale of topless club before turning himself in
By ADRIENNE PACKER

Tuesday, January 23, 2007
CANADA FREE PRESS
By Steve Miller
The plot thickens
Rizzolo's sentencing delayed one week.
Council grants 90 day extension in face of multiple violations.
What in Hell is going on?

Jan. 19, 2007
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
JOHN L. SMITH:
BOULEVARD II: Was supposed Crazy Horse Too owner Michael Signorelli serious when he claimed at this week's City Council meeting that he would stop paying $70 per customer to the cabbies? Let's recap: Signorelli's not paying his rent to ousted boss Rick Rizzolo, who isn't paying his debt to paralyzed customer Kirk Henry, who must be having trouble paying the rent on his house these days. Is anyone paying attention?

December 22, 2006
CANADA FREE PRESS
Inside Las Vegas
Crazy Horse given another ninety days, but can't pay off cabbies
 Signorelli admitted he's not paying Rick Rizzolo rent
By Steve Miller

Thursday, January 18, 2007
Council could reconsider club deal
By Jeff German
Las Vegas Sun
Concerned over allegations they may have been duped into agreeing to a deal that conceals the true ownership of a popular topless club, Las Vegas City Council members said Thursday that the charges could prompt them to reconsider their decision.


December 21, 2006
Former nightclub operator says Rizzolo acing him out of sale
Lawsuit claims leasing of Crazy Horse Too is ruse to keep control
By Jeff German
Las Vegas Sun
Just weeks before his sentencing on tax evasion charges, Crazy Horse Too landlord Rick Rizzolo has been hit with a federal lawsuit charging that his leasing of the topless club to restaurateur Mike Signorelli is a ruse designed to allow Rizzolo to continue calling the shots.


Dec. 15, 2006
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
Ex-strip club owner's sentencing postponed
Rick Rizzolo faces hearing next month
By ADRIENNE PACKER

Former Crazy Horse Too owner Rick Rizzolo, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to participate in an enterprise through a pattern of racketeering, will not be sentenced until next month.

Nov. 02, 2006
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
Strip club operator accepts hiring ban
Council blocks hiring anyone with Rizzolo ties
By DAVID McGRATH SCHWARTZ

REVIEW-JOURNAL <>It looks like the Rizzolos will have to find a new family business... Signorelli last month promised the city that he wanted to reopen the topless club under a clean slate. On Wednesday, Signorelli said he had been unaware that family members were connected to Rizzolo... On Sept. 6, the City Council imposed a $2.2 million fine and revoked Rizzolo's liquor license after Rizzolo, the company that owned Crazy Horse Too, and 16 club employees entered into federal plea agreements...
The City Council agreed to issue a new liquor license for Signorelli last month. He is leasing the building for $400,000 a month, with one of the conditions that no one who pleaded guilty to federal crimes be involved in the business. The license is subject to a three-month review.Council members pointed to members of the public who reported that Rizzolos continued to work there. Former councilman and relentless Crazy Horse Too foe Steve Miller has sent numerous e-mails and messages to the City Council alleging that the Rizzolos continued to operate the club. In one, dated Oct. 20, he wrote, "Rick Rizzolo's 22-year-old son Dominic is now running the CH2 (Crazy Horse Too) with Rick's brother Ralph as the number two guy."
Sep. 30, 2006
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
'god found me': New hurdle for Crazy Horse Too
Church opens near closed club, complicating licensing
By DAVID McGRATH SCHWARTZ
REVIEW-JOURNAL

Sep. 07, 2006
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
Gentlemen's Club: Liquor license lost
Action could scuttle federal plea deal with club, owner, 16 employees
By DAVID McGRATH SCHWARTZ

The topless club is set to go dry after the Las Vegas City Council revoked its liquor license on Wednesday, possibly scuttling a plea deal the club, its owner, Rick Rizzolo, and 16 employees signed with the federal government, in which they admitted to tax fraud, conspiracy to participate in racketeering and seeking to extort payment from club patrons. The council also assessed a record $2.192 million fine... The council's unanimous vote was applauded by former Councilman Steve Miller and auto shop owner "Buffalo" Jim Barrier, both longtime critics of the club and the city's inaction on the violence there over the years. After the vote, Rizzolo stalked out of the council chambers, put on dark sunglasses and stuck a cigarette in his mouth. He stared straight ahead and kept walking, ignoring a request for comment on the city's action. Not long after the council's decision, Barrier and Miller mugged for photos outside the club.

Buffalo Jim Barrier and Steve


On April 26, 2005, Mayor Goodman made a surprise visit to Steve's
home. There, Goodman was scolded for protecting his law firm's
former and present clients at the Crazy Horse Too, and not bringing
them before the Council on a disciplinary action. On July 10, 2006,
Steve filed an ethics complaint that forced Goodman to disclose
that he once represented Crazy Horse owner Rick Rizzolo in a case
where Rizzolo pleaded guilty to beating a bar patron with a baseball
bat. The patron died three years later of his injuries. Prior to being
elected, Goodman was the criminal defense attorney for a number
of Rizzolo's mob associates including Al Rapuano, a Crazy Horse
manager. Goodman's law firm, Goodman and Chesnoff, presently
represents Vinny Faraci, another Crazy Horse manager. Based on
Steve's ethics complaint, Goodman was forced to abstain at the
Sept. 6 license revocation hearing thereby clearing the way for
the rest of the City Council to shut down the Crazy Horse Too
and temporarily end the violence. But with Goodman's help
behind the scenes, the bar soon reopened under the direction
of a client of one of Goodman's law partners.
 (AmericanMafia.com photo by Mike Christ)

Crazy Horse Too stripped of liquor license
KVBC TV CHANNEL 3 NEWS
September 7, 2006
After alleged mob ties, tax evasion charges, and a paralyzed customer, the city council has had enough of the Crazy Horse Too. Now, rather than running his business without a liquor license, owner Rick Rizzolo may decide to shut down. City attorneys say the club is corrupt and has been for years, and former City Councilman Steve Miller says the reason is Rizzolo.  "I don't consider Rick Rizzolo a human. I think he's a moron, a thug, a goon," said Miller. Miller says the beating that Kirk Henry received at the hands of a bouncer is just one of the reasons why the club should be shut down."And we cannot afford as a community to allow this. I congradulate the city council for their action today in ending this blood bath," said Miller.
 FULL STORY INCLUDING STREAMING VIDEO: http://www.kvbc.com/Global/story.asp?S=5373334

 

Sep. 09, 2006

Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
strip club: Curtain falls on Crazy Horse Too
Rizzolo decides to close as he fights liquor license revocation
By CARRI GEER THEVENOT
REVIEW-JOURNAL
Lap dances and liquor sales ceased Friday at the Crazy Horse Too Gentlemen's Club after owner Rick Rizzolo decided to close the business while fighting disciplinary action imposed by the Las Vegas City Council.
SOME OF RIZZOLO'S VICTIMS:
...

   Scott Fau - 8/4/95....Paul Russo - 12/12/97........Unidentified patron - 10/2/01.............Jermaine Simieou - 4/30/02

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                                          Unidentified patron - 11/7/03..........Unidentified partron - 9/15/03..Unidentified patron - 11/30/02..Unidentified patron - 8/14/03

..
      Kirk Henry - 9/20/01...................................Eben Kostbar - 7/3/01...
 

THOSE WHO PERPETUATED THE VIOLENCE:

...
Frederick Rizzolo...........Oscar Goodman and Mike McDonald..........Judge Nancy Saitta  ........ ....DA David Roger
.

                                                                                       Rizzolo's crew          Joey Cusumano and Oscar Goodman

THE BEGINNING OF THE END!

5 AM, Thursday Feb. 20, 2003, FBI - IRS - DEA Raid

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Club manager arrested, 01/19/2005
Photo by John Gurzinski, Las Vegas Review Journal
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Frankly, I'd rather be attacked by a swarm of malaria-crazed mosquitoes 
than have Miller and Barrier on my case. -  John L. Smith, LV Review-Journal, 07/27/05
Rick Rizzolo is followed out of  Las Vegas Federal Court House by Steve Miller and Buffalo Jim Barrier
after pleading guilty to racketeering and tax evasion. (AmericanMafia.com photo by Mike Christ, 06/01/06)
 
 U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
District of Nevada
Daniel G. Bogden
United States Attorney
NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 1, 2006
  LAS VEGAS STRIP CLUB OWNER PLEADS GUILTY TO CONSPIRING TO DEFRAUD THE UNITED STATES
 -Parent Corporation Pleads To Racketeering Offense-
The corporate plea to racketeering charges acknowledgesthe serious threat that the Crazy Horse Too has presented to the community, and the 17 pleas to felony charges by past and present managers and employees of the club requires all those involved in its illegal operations to acknowledge some level of responsibility and guilt for its criminal existence... If patrons refused to pay a dancer or disputed charges, the shift manager or other male employees sought to extort payment from them through threats of violence and through the actual use of force.

Jul. 16, 2006
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
WEEK IN REVIEW: reporters' notebook
DAVID MCGRATH SCHWARTZ
MAYOR OSCAR GOODMAN IS UPPING THE ANTE in the battle between Hizzoner and Steve Miller, former councilman, online columnist, longtime mayoral critic and sworn enemy of Crazy Horse Too Gentleman's Club and its owner, Rick Rizzolo. When asked about Miller's accusations that it was improper for the mayor to vote on an item at Wednesday's City Council meeting involving Rizzolo -- who is a former client of the mayor and friend -- Goodman offered this statesmanlike response: "Tell Steve Miller he can suck my big toe."

        July 15, 2006
Nevada's Online State News Journal
Top News Story:
Are There Changes Ahead For Clark County's $kindustry?
Galardi On His Way To Prison With Rizzolo Not Too Far Behind
by Johnny Gunn
National crime columnist Steve Miller, a former member of the Las Vegas City Council filed ethics violation charges against Goodman on July 10.  The charges contend, in part, "In 2003 the owners of the Crazy Horse Too donated $40,000 to Mayor Goodman's uncontested reelection campaign.  Since that time, the owners of the Crazy Horse Too have been convicted of racketeering and tax evasion, however Mayor Goodman has repeatedly refused to take action against their privileged license, once stating he would not do so in the middle of a federal investigation though one year earlier he brought the Crazy Horse Too's biggest competitor (Cheetah's) up on a show cause action while they were also under federal investigation."

Jul. 14, 2006
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
Mayor defends club's owners
Crazy Horse Too faces loss of license
By DAVID McGRATH SCHWARTZ
REVIEW-JOURNAL
Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman said Thursday the crimes employees and owners of the Crazy Horse Too Gentleman's Club pleaded guilty to didn't merit the maximum fines the city could impose... Goodman was asked at his news conference Thursday about the admission by the company that owns Crazy Horse Too that the club "sought to extort payment from patrons through explicit or implicit threats of violence, or through actual use of force."  "That is a lot different than bribing a politician. That's the integrity of the system. This is justa business practice that's entirely unacceptable," Goodman said.

Jul. 13, 2006
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CRAZY HORSE TOO: City sets hearing for club
Council to decide punishment for guilty pleas

By DAVID McGRATH SCHWARTZ
Steve Miller, a critic of Goodman and his ties to Rizzolo, has called for a hearing into the club's tavern license. On Monday, Miller filed a complaint against Goodman with the Nevada Commission on Ethics and said the mayor should not vote on matters related to Rizzolo and the club.
Jun. 02, 2006
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FELONY TAX CHARGE: Rizzolo enters guilty plea
Crazy Horse Too owner to sell club as part of deal
By CARRI GEER THEVENOT
REVIEW-JOURNAL

KLAS TV NEWS STREAMING VIDEO, 06/01/06

KVBC TV NEWS STREAMING VIDEO, 06/01/06
Jun. 01, 2006
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
16 admit guilt in Crazy Horse case
Owner expected to plead guilty to fraud today
By CARRI GEER THEVENOT
REVIEW-JOURNAL 
A federal judge heard 16 defendants admit their guilt Wednesday as part of a group plea agreement involving current and former employees of the Crazy Horse Too Gentlemen's Club. The package deal will become final this afternoon if club owner Rick Rizzolo and his corporation, The Power Co., enter guilty pleas as scheduled. Rizzolo already has signed off on the agreement.

May 31, 2006
 Precedent could subject Rizzolo to added discipline
By Dan Kulin
Las Vegas Sun
Crazy Horse Too owner Rick Rizzolo may face disciplinary action from (the City of) Las Vegas if, as expected, he pleads guilty to felonies in federal court. City Councilman Gary Reese said that the council's 2004 decision to fine Cheetahs for the transgressions of Michael Galardi established a precedent for other strip clubs under the city's jurisdiction. "Nothing's been mentioned to me, but I think that if you did it for one you should do it for two," Reese said.


May 24, 2006
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JOHN L. SMITH: On Frank Cremen entering the DA's race: Better late than never
Cremen used McDonald's case as an example of a councilman who was found to be receiving $5,000 a month from topless barowner Rick Rizzolo   and appeared to be running interference for his friend. Cremen said he believes the district attorney should take a more pro-active approach in such cases and issue subpoenas. "If the police department knows you have a DA who will work with them, stand up and draw a line and try to protect the line and not just be pushed over, I think you'll have more law enforcement action," he said.
 

Sunday May 21, 2006
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JOHN L. SMITH: Crazy Horse Too settlement threatens to ruin mobster's reputation
Speaking of bad connections, Faraci once was alleged to have many. His father, "Johnny Green" Faraci, is a notorious Bonanno family capo and loan shark. New York organized crime experts have said Vinny became a made guy a few years ago, and in FBI search warrant affidavits for the Crazy Horse Too there was enough mob chatter to fill a Scorsese film festival.
 
Sunday May 21, 2006
Las Vegas Sun
 Rizzolo's ride: From the heights to the depths
By Jeff German and Steve Kanigher
He was a topless club owner with suspected ties to the mob, the kind of pedigree that, even in Las Vegas, might be expected to cause at least mild discomfort among the city's elite.

CRAZY HORSE TOO’S GREATEST HITS
Rick Rizzolo’s tentative agreement to pay $10 million to settle a personal injury lawsuit fi led against his topless club by former customer Kirk Henry of Kansas represents at least the seventh time since 1992 that cases have been settled out of court involving Crazy Horse Too. The six other cases, all settled for unspecifi ed amounts, involved: • Richard Case, who alleged he was roughed up by club employees on June 26, 1992, after demanding a $200 refund for lingerie bought after being told that the purchase would bring with it sexual favors, a promise not kept. An arbitrator awarded Case $5,781 for medical expenses, pain and suffering in February 1994 and the lawsuit was settled three months later • Ioan Polverejan and Constantin Balascan, who alleged they were beaten by club employees on April 4, 1995, after disputing the amount of money that a stripper claimed Polverejan and his party owed her. Polverejan, who suffered a broken nose, and Balascan, who sustained a broken right wrist, were each awarded $40,000 in damages by an arbitrator in June 1998, as was Polverejan’s wife, Gabriella Popovici, who witnessed the fracas. Their lawsuit was settled in November 2000. • Paul Russo, a customer who said he was left with facial abrasions and bruises and a laceration above his left eyebrow at the hands of club bouncers on Jan. 15, 1997, after offering a stripper a drink but refusing to pay for her time. The lawsuit was settled in February 1998. • Brian Devlin, who alleged that he was kicked, punched and left unconscious on March 4, 2001, by club employees after refusing to pay a stripper $500 more after giving her $100 for three dances. The lawsuit was settled in April 2005. • Eben Kostbar, who said he received a concussion and nose contusion at the hands of Crazy Horse employees on July 8, 2001, after refusing to pay a stripper $40 for a $20 dance. The lawsuit was settled in September 2003. • Michael Silverman, a customer who alleged a Crazy Horse bouncer assaulted him and left him with contusions to his face and body on May 30, 2002. Silverman said he was looking for his wife in the club, believing she had left with a stripper to get cocaine, and uttered the drug’s name, much to the bouncer’s dismay. The lawsuit was settled in December 2004. Crazy Horse Too did win one case, though, when a jury determined in January 2003 that the club was not responsible for the August 1995 beating death of Scott David Fau of California, whose body was found next to nearby railroad tracks. An attorney for Fau’s family said after the jury decision that their case was hurt by the fact that witnesses who were intimidated decided not to testify.
— Jeff German and Steve Kanigher
May 20, 2006
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CRAZY HORSE TOO: 17th defendant accepts plea
Agreement ends topless club investigation
By CARRI GEER THEVENOT
REVIEW-JOURNAL
Like the agreements of Alberts and Rapuano, Rizzolo's deal limits his prison time to 16 months. However, Rizzolo's deal requires him to pay $10 million to Henry, $5 million in fines and forfeiture, and $1.7 million to settle his tax liability. Sgro said Rizzolo has agreed to sell the Crazy Horse within a year to pay off his debts. Sgro said prosecutors have agreed, as part of their deal with Rizzolo, not to pursue criminal charges against his sister, Annette; brother, Ralph; or father, Bart.
May 18, 2006
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Rizzolo's signature is on plea deal
Agreement doesn't mention organized crime
By CARRI GEER THEVENOT
REVIEW-JOURNAL
Strip club owner Rick Rizzolo has signed a plea agreement that could cost him nearly $17 million and send him to prison for up to 16 months, his lawyer said Wednesday.
May 17, 2006 06:02 PM PDT
KLAS TV Ch. 8
Las Vegas Strip Owner, Rick Rizzolo Cuts Deal
George Knapp, Investigative Reporter
Late Tuesday night, a fax was sent to the U.S. Attorney's office. It was a plea bargain signed by Crazy Horse Too owner Rick Rizzolo. Other targets in this decade long investigation signed and faxed their own agreements Wednesday, bringing to an end one of the most intensive federal investigations in Las Vegas history.
 
May 07, 2006
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JOHN L. SMITH: Government offers Rizzolo a sweet deal he shouldn't refuse
They made Rick Rizzolo an offer he couldn't refuse. Or, at least one he shouldn't resist. If, as expected, the ink dries on his deal with the federal government sometime this week, the owner of the Crazy Horse Too topless club will plead guilty to a tax fraud charge, serve a 10- to 16-month sentence with up to half that time under house arrest, pay up to $15 million in fines and civil penalties, and sell his Industrial Road club.
 
May 05, 2006
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JOHN L. SMITH: Penalties for Rizzolo stripped further as settlement negotiations continue
Earlier this week, the racketeering portion of the pre-indictment negotiations was dropped, and sources say Rizzolo now will face only a tax fraud conviction that will enable him to serve no more than 16 months in jail with the possibility of half of that time in a halfway house. Rizzolo will pay up to $15 million in fines and judgments to settle the criminal case and a civil case stemming from the beating of a Kansas tourist who suffered a broken neck after partying at the Crazy Horse Too. A RICO component, however, remains in the picture.
April 28, 2006
Los Angeles Times
By Christine Haley and Christopher Goffard, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
Rival Says Carona Should Quit Over the Company He Keeps
Criticism follows reserve deputy problems and publication of photo of the owner of an investigated strip club.


A rival of Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona on Thursday called for his immediate resignation, saying he was outraged by published photographs that showed the sheriff fraternizing with the owner of a Las Vegas strip club that federal authorities had referred to as a racketeering enterprise... The indictment did not name Rizzolo as a defendant. It did characterize his club as a racketeering enterprise, alleging that club employees robbed and extorted money from patrons through violence or threats. Since August 2001, the indictment revealed, federal grand juries had investigated the club for links to fraud, prostitution and drug distribution.


 

Apr. 28, 2006

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JOHN L. SMITH: Pictures with strip club owner may come back to
haunt politicians
Embattled strip club owner Rick Rizzolo has taken another media hit, this time for his
association with ethically challenged Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona.
'Dirty, Stupid or Both'
Never mind the photo:Sheriff Carona denies Mafia ties


By R. SCOTT MOXLEY

ORANGECOUNTYWEEKLY

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

“It’s disgusting,” one high-level officer said of the Rizzolo-Carona relationship. “It’s a slap in the face to law enforcement. What is Sheriff Carona thinking? He’s either incredibly stupid or dirty as hell. Or both.”

ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA SHERIFF TV POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT FEATURING RIZZOLO
 

Fuhgeddaboutit

Sheriff Carona’s campaign claims amnesia on Vegas mob tie

By R. Scott Moxley

ORANGE COUNTYWEEKLY
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Rizzolo’s strip club is not just a “racketeering enterprise,” as a pending federal indictment claims, but allegedly features the added charms of prostitution, extortion and horrific violence. There are reports that customers have been tortured if they don’t sign wildly inflated credit card bills after a night of T&A. The website SteveMiller4Vegas.com displays what it alleges are photos of bloody, injured and unconscious patrons lying on the street outside the club. In 1985, Rizzolo used a baseball bat to crack a customer’s skull.
 

Apr. 02, 2006
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JOHN L. SMITH: UNLIKE GALARDI, CRAZY HORSE TOO OWNER SEEMS DISINCLINED TO CUT DEAL
Word is the Rizzolo case is approaching a critical stage. One road leads to a negotiated settlement, the other to a trial that threatens not only Rizzolo and Co., but his family members as well. It's no secret his father, Bart Rizzolo, and sister, Annette Patterson, have been associated with the cash-rich business for many years. In a case that's one-part income tax probe, that could mean real problems for the family.
Apr. 01, 2006
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McDonald says time proving his innocence
By ALAN MAIMON
REVIEW-JOURNAL
Wright saidMcDonald would testify against Rizzolo at a potential trialonly if he is offered immunity from prosecution. Rizzolo, his family and his business associates have contributed at least $40,000 to Mayor Oscar Goodman's campaigns. Rizzolo has supported Goodman, and the mayor is quick to defend the strip club owner"I like Rick Rizzolo," Goodman said."He goes to Piero's every Thanksgiving and feeds hundreds of needy people. And he treats them with dignity."
March 26, 2006

Galardi dishes up dirt on club rival
 Rizzolo fingered in secret FBI reports
 By Jeff German and Steve Kanigher
March 26, 2006
Las Vegas Sun
As Galardi sought to strike a deal with the government to fend off corruption charges, according to secret FBI reports obtained by the Sun, he supplied agents with derogatory information about Rizzolo. That information included allegations that Rizzolo, like Galardi, was providing cash under the table to public officials.

January 26, 2006
LAS VEGAS SUN
Columnist Jeff German: Learning that San Francisco businessman Luke Brugnara is ready to buy the Crazy Horse Two topless club from Rick Rizzolo
He's offering few details, but San Francisco real estate man Luke Brugnara confirms he's got a deal to buy the embattled Crazy Horse Too topless club... The transaction is giving credence to rumblings that Crazy Horse Too owner Rick Rizzolo has been trying to unload the club before federal authorities file a massive racketeering indictment against him...Rizzolo's lawyers flew to Washington in December to meet with top Justice Department officials in a last-ditch effort to persuade them not to charge the longtime strip club operator, who has been linked to a series of mob figures over the years.The criminal case, however, is proceeding and nearing its anticipated indictment, I'm told.

Globe
GEORGE CLOONEY GRILLED IN VEGAS MOB PROBE
January 9, 2006

Patrons who dispute fees have often been threatened or attacked by bouncers, says former Las Vegas city councilman Steve Miller. He says police were called to the club 737 times in just three years.“Rick Rizzolo made his fortune by paying off crooked cops, politicians, DAs and judges to keep a lid on his and his associates’ criminal activities,” Miller charges. “It will now take the FBI and the IRS to clean up what we on a local level should have had the courage to stop years ago.” - Globe
New York Daily News
A STAR-STUDDED STRIP CLUB PROBE
GEORGE RUSH AND JOANNA RUSH MOLLOY WITH JO PIAZZA AND CHRIS ROVZAR.
New York, N.Y.: Dec 19, 2005. pg. 20
Investigators probing alleged racketeering at the Crazy Horse Too strip club have questioned several of its star patrons, including George Clooney, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, sources tell us.
December 09, 2005
LAS VEGAS SUN
Columnist Jeff German:
Finally, there's some movement in the federal racketeering investigation of the Crazy Horse Too and its embattled owner, Rick Rizzolo. This is the investigation that has focused on a broad "pattern of lawlessness" at the underworld-linked topless club -- the investigation that was supposed to have come to fruition months ago. Rizzolo's lawyers, I'm told, are heading to the nation's capital this month to meet with Justice Department officials in a last-ditch effort to fend off an indictment. The decision on whether to seek charges against Rizzolo and some of his strip club underlings rests with the Justice Department's Organized Crime and Racketeering Section. Allowing defense lawyers to make their case is a courtesy the Justice Department offers in high-profile investigations. Rarely, however, does it persuade officials to drop a probe. Now that Rizzolo's lawyers are packing their bags, we can expect to see some action in this much-talked-about case after the first of the year.
November 09, 2005
By Dan Kulin 
Las Vegas
Sun
Former councilman's past haunts him
The FBI requested documents from McDonald's tenure from 1995 to 2003 related to:
On Oct. 27 the FBI asked the city for what would likely be truckloads of documents on the former police officer and councilman. Then five days later -- apparently before receiving any of the information -- the feds withdrew the request.

# The Crazy Horse Too Gentlemen's Club and its expansion;

# City plans for the widening of Industrial Road from Sahara Avenue to Wyoming Avenue -- the Crazy Horse is just north of Sahara

Carona donor under probe
Vegas club owner said to have mob ties.
Orange County Register
Besides his reported mob connections, Rizzolo has a criminal record: he pleaded guilty in 1985 to battery for a baseball bat attack on a Crazy Horse patron, who suffered brain damage, records show.

Oct. 01, 2005
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JANE ANN MORRISON: Lance Malone's friendly divorce still keeps assets in extended family
Divorcing to protect assets is not uncommon. AnotherLas Vegas high-profile citizen, Crazy Horse Too strip club owner Rick Rizzolo, also divorced in May. Unlike the Malones, however, Rizzolo didn't have the smarts to seal his records, which showed his wife of 27 years was treated generously, receiving three of their homes, three of their cars and remains his insurance beneficiary. Rizzolo's exposure to a potential criminal indictment and a pending civil lawsuit could have prompted the divorce as a way to put Rizzolo's assets in his ex-wife's name.

Monday, August 07, 2005
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JOHN L. SMITH: Lawyer for Crazy Horse Too owner blows his top over facts and law

August 05, 2005
LAS VEGAS SUN
Columnist Jeff German: Sweet deal for Rizzolo's ex may not be all about love

United States Attorney 


District of Nevada

CRAZY HORSE TOO MANAGER CHARGED WITH FEDERAL RACKETEERING & TAX OFFENSES 
  Indictments Allege Extortion & Robbery, False Statements, & Tax Evasion- 

Wednesday, July 27, 2005
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JOHN L. SMITH: Some strip club owners feel heat while others feed fuel to feds' fire
"Frankly, I'd rather be attacked by a swarm of malaria-crazed mosquitoes than have Miller and Barrier on my case."

  July 22, 2005
LAS VEGAS SUN
Columnist Jeff German: Problems grow for Rizzolo

Friday, July 22, 2005
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JOHN L. SMITH: Reports of Rizzolo dining with mob's 'Clown' should close club's doors
 
July 20, 2005
LAS VEGAS SUN
 Columnist Jeff German: Rizzolo to feel long arm of law


Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Stephens, mob met in 1999,  FBI says
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
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JOHN L. SMITH: Rizzolo in a world of hurt -- and it's only going to get worse
April 13, 2005
LAS VEGAS SUN
Columnist Jeff German: Feds look to make deal with Rizzolo
Friday, March 18, 2005
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
JOHN L. SMITH:
Attorneys for Crazy Horse Too boss see indictment coming soon

Thursday, March 10, 2005
Copyright © Las Vegas Mercury
Knappster: Crazy Horse indictments may focus on tips, cab bounties
By George Knapp

Thursday, January 20, 2005
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FEDERAL INVESTIGATION: Club manager arrested
Indictment alleges racketeering at Crazy Horse Too
By GLENN PUIT
REVIEW-JOURNAL

Photo by John Gurzinski, Las Vegas Review Journal
 

Friday, January 21, 2005
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Club manager, pregnant wife remain in jail
Supporters say couple being used to get to Crazy Horse Too owner
By CARRI GEER THEVENOT
REVIEW-JOURNAL

Thursday, January 20, 2005
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Prosecutors: Pair gave false testimony
REVIEW-JOURNAL

Sunday, January 23, 2005
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WEEK IN REVIEW: FBI arrests club manager

Friday, January 21, 2005
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JOHN L. SMITH: Indictment pulls at thread that might unravel more than fancy suit

Sunday, January 23, 2005
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Crazy Horse Too club has history of violent incidents
By FRANK GEARY
REVIEW-JOURNAL

Saturday, January 22, 2005
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CRAZY HORSE TOO CASE: Strip club manager exits jail
Prosecutor argues D'Apice is threat to community
By CARRI GEER THEVENOT
REVIEW-JOURNAL

Wednesday, December 01, 2004
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
JOHN L. SMITH: Tough guy Bobby D'Apice may be in for fight of his life
D'Apice is plenty tough, all right, but these days the 50-year-old Brooklyn native finds himself tangling with an opponent out of his weight class: the FBI and IRS. He's at the center of what is shaping up as the first phase of an investigation into the club, Rizzolo and what authorities believe is a criminal history that rises to the level of racketeering. Although the case has been exceedingly quiet in recent months,IRS and FBI agents were spotted Tuesday morning entering D'Apice's home at 2212 Marble Gorge Drive. A search warrant affidavit has been filed under seal by IRS criminal investigators.

DATELINE NBC Finally Tells
of Brutality at Crazy Horse Too
INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
AmericanMafia.com
August 9, 2004
Sunday, August 08, 2004
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
JOHN L. SMITH: Crazy Horse Too shift manager's luxurious spread likely to intrigue IRS
Now, you may ask why a cop and a man of Faraci's reputed pedigree are doing business, but I've never been the inquisitive type. Las Vegas is all about contacts, and the 49-year-old Faraci has made many. Cops, casino executives, even a politician or two. TheBrooklyn native is a registered felon with a 1985 mail fraud conviction. An incident in which he was named but not prosecuted in 1985 involved the alleged ball bat beating of a Crazy Horse Too customer.

COLUMN: JOHN L. SMITH
Friday, July 02, 2004
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
Tonight, "Dateline NBC" presents its take on the Crazy Horse Too topless cabaret, a segment that is sure to embarrass Las Vegas and makesome people wonder why the controversial club, the subject of an ongoing FBI, IRS, and Metro investigation into everything from racketeering to tax evasion, is still open. The segment will focus on a case involving Kansas tourist Kirk Henry, who suffered a fractured neck outside the club and has sued owner Rick Rizzolo and others.
Judge dismisses part of strip club suit against cops
By Jace Radke
June 29, 2004
LAS VEGAS SUN
A federal judge has dismissed part of a lawsuit filed by topless-club owner Rick Rizzolo against Metro Police alleging that officers conducted an illegal search of his Crazy Horse Too club on
Oct. 4, 2001.
JOHN L. SMITH: Topless clubs cast spells that leave politicians dumbstruck, or just dumb
Sunday, June 20, 2004
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
REVIEW JOURNAL
We haven't mentioned the expected indictment of the crowd at the Crazy Horse Too. The FBI and IRS are working overtime with the U.S. attorney's office and the Organized Crime Strike Force to complete their case.Despite hundreds of calls for police service and a reputation for violence, the Crazy Horse Too remains open.It's an obvious public nuisance, but come to think of it so am I. The difference is, its licenses can be revoked by local authorities, if they weren't under that spell... Until the feds came calling, the racket operated with impunity.
Rizzolo, feds itching for a fight
Columnist Jeff German
June 11, 2004
LAS VEGAS SUN
Sixteen months after FBI agents raided his popular strip club looking for evidence of hidden mob interests, federal prosecutors are preparing to seek racketeering indictments against Rizzolo and his management team, some of whom, federal investigators say, have underworld ties. Authorities have put the word out that they're hoping indictments will be returned as early as September.
Golden Nugget's prospective owners may ask board to alter license recommendation
Wednesday, January 21, 2004
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
By JEFF SIMPSON
GAMING WIRE
"I want there to be a conclusion of the FBI's investigation of Rick Rizzolo (before Poster and Breitling's limitation ends)," Scherer said.
Gaming Control Board does right thing with Golden Nugget purchase
Regulatory diligence
Monday, January 12, 2004
EDITORIAL
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
"People such as you, very successful, very young, are considered marks," he lectured Mr. Poster. "People in organized crime try to set you up, to get some of your funds. And I think that's what they were trying to do with you."
Gaming Board approves sale of Golden Nugget -- with one-year limitation
Thursday, January 08, 2004
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
By JEFF SIMPSON
GAMING WIRE
Concern about the relationship of strip-club owner Rick Rizzolo to prospective Golden Nugget buyers Tim Poster and Tom Breitling prompted the Gaming Control Board on Wednesday to tack a one-year limitation on the duo's license recommendation.
Compilation of Rizzolo TV news stories
KVBC TV NEWS
Glen Meek reporting
It isn't easy being pals with topless bar magnate Rizzolo these days
 JOHN L. SMITH:
Tuesday, November 04, 2003
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
Those crazy troublemakers keep trying to give topless cabaret bad name
JOHN L. SMITH:
Sunday, November 02, 2003
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
32-year-old man shot in strip club parking lot
Friday, October 31, 2003
    Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
Man shot in parking lot of topless club
October 30, 2003
LAS VEGAS SUN
Rizzolo accused of assault with baseball bat
Friday, October 17, 2003
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
JOHN L. SMITH
Judge rules against topless club
October 15, 2003
By Jace Radke
LAS VEGAS SUN
Judge denies Crazy Horse Too claim
Failure to show search violated strip club owner's rights cited
Wednesday, October 15, 2003
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
By CARRI GEER THEVENOT
Rizzolo intercepted via wiretaps, lawyer says
Saturday, October 11, 2003
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By GLENN PUIT
Rizzolo files suit against Metro
October 01, 2003
Topless-club owner alleges police staged an illegal search
By Jace Radke
LAS VEGAS SUN
 Top Cop calls Rizzolo person of "ill repute," and "suspect"
INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
AmericanMafia.com
August 11, 2003
INTERNAL AFFAIRS PROBE: Sergeant punished over loan
Longtime friend of topless club owner accepted $15,000 to finance venture
Wednesday, August 06, 2003
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
By J.M. KALIL
REVIEW-JOURNAL
The sheriff said Kellerwho is married to one of the Police Department's top civilian employees, could have been demoted or fired after Internal Affairs investigators ruled he violated department policies prohibiting officers from "accepting gifts from suspects" and"consorting with persons of ill repute."
Sergeant who took loan from club owner transferred
By Jace Radke
August 06, 2003
LAS VEGAS SUN
Vegas police discipline officer over loan from topless club owner
August 06, 2003
ASSOCIATED PRESS
Feds won't give up documents seized in raid of topless club
By Jace Radke
July 08, 2003
LAS VEGAS SUN
Club files against FBI agents
Saturday, June 21, 2003
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By CARRI GEER THEVENOT
REVIEW-JOURNALMay 30, 2003
Strip club handouts soil hands of recipients
Columnist Jeff German
Las Vegas Sun
May 30, 2003
   Las Vegas politics mirrors culture
Campaign game is unique in freewheeling 'Sin City'
          By Philip J. LaVelle
SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE
May 31, 2003
CAMPAIGN MAILERS: Backers turn on Moncrief
Pair claim councilwoman conspired to violate election laws to oust McDonald
Thursday, June 19, 2003
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FRONT PAGE
By JANE ANN MORRISON
Columnist Jeff German: Rizzolo comes out swinging vs. FBI
Las Vegas SUN
March 07, 2003
Rizzolo smiling after court ruling
Judge orders return of all items seized in raid at topless club Friday, March 07, 2003
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
By CARRI GEER THEVENOT
REVIEW-JOURNAL
Strip club gets back property from FBI
March 06, 2003
By Jace Radke
 and Jeff German
LAS VEGAS SUN
Club staff alleges being held for hours at gunpoint
Saturday, March 01, 2003
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
By CARRI GEER THEVENOT
Odd moonlighting offer,
The Horse's Chicago ties
Crime & Punishment
  By Cathy Scott
February 28, 2003
Las Vegas CityLife
Strip club won't get computers back for awhile
Feds to return some items seized in raid
February 27, 2003
By Jace Radke
LAS VEGAS SUN
Rizzolo opens PR campaign
February 25, 2003
Columnist Jeff German
Las Vegas Sun
      Crazy Horse Too wants items back
      Strip club goes to court to reclaim property seized in raid
February 25, 2003
Las Vegas Sun
 By Jace Radke
80 Feds Raid Mobbed Up Boob Bar
INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
AmericanMafia.com
February 24, 2003
Rizzolo's associations with reputed mobsters catching up with him
COLUMN: John L. Smith
Sunday, February 23, 2003
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
Club owner calls raid unwarranted
Crazy Horse Too's Rizzolo says authorities targeting him because of past associations
Saturday, February 22, 2003
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
By CARRI GEER THEVENOT
New Information In Raid At Crazy Horse Too Club
Video included
February 21, 2003
KVBC TV News
Columnist Jon Ralston: Power elite dread raid fallout
Las Vegas SUN
February 21, 2003
Links to organized crime sought in strip club raid
February 21, 2003
Las Vegas Sun
By Jace Radke
 Stripping away club's facade
Columnist Jeff German
Las Vegas Sun
February 21, 2003
ORGANIZED CRIME INVESTIGATION: Raid looks for mobster link
Club records dating to '95 are seized
Friday, February 21, 2003
FRONT PAGE
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
By CARRI GEER THEVENOT
Illegal drugs hardly high on list of goals for Crazy Horse raid
Friday, February 21, 2003
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COLUMN: John L. Smith
Feds, police raid adult club
Dozens of officers, agents swarm site before dawn
February 20, 2003
By Jace Radke
LAS VEGAS SUN
Possible Mob Connections Prompt Local Topless Club Raid
KLAS TV News
February 20, 2003
Early Morning Raid at Local Topless Club
Alyson McCarthy, Reporter
KLAS TV News
February 20, 2003
The sleazy Mob that runs today's Las Vegas
ElectricNevada.com
Feb 16 - 22,  2003 edition
VEGAS' NEWEST RACKET
INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
AmericanMafia.com
February 3, 2003
Buffalo, Horse shake hands
Quick and Dirty: A notebook of news and politics
Thursday, January 23, 2003
Copyright © Las Vegas Mercury
Justice – Vegas Style
INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
AmericanMafia.com
January 20, 2003
ON THE BOULEVARD:
Friday, January 17, 2003
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
COLUMN: John L. Smith
Knappster: Jury, media don't jibe on Rizzolo
By George Knapp
Thursday, January 16, 2003
Copyright © Las Vegas Mercury
Strip club wins lawsuit filed over patron's death
By Jace Radke
January 14, 2003
LAS VEGAS SUN
WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUIT: Jury rules for club
Widow alleged fatal beating
Tuesday, January 14, 2003
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Bartender says he didn't cause death
By Erica D. Johnson
January 13, 2003
LAS VEGAS SUN
Mobbed-up Vegas Bar Hits Barrier
Expansion Plans Stymied by Long-Standing Garage Lease
INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
AmericanMafia.com
January 13, 2003
Strip club workers' actions criticized
By Erica D. Johnson
January 10, 2003
LAS VEGAS SUN
 Strip club asked to pay for death
January 09, 2003
By Erica D. Johnson
LAS VEGAS SUN
Strip club suit
Las Vegas CityLife
Thursday, January 09, 2003
Crime-court Beat
By Cathy Scott
The New Vegas Mob?
INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
AmericanMafia.com
January 6, 2003
'Sopranos' serving Italian to go
VegasBeat -- Timothy McDarrah:
Las Vegas Sun
January 03, 2003
More Allegations Against The Crazy Horse Too
KVBC TV News
December 31, 2002
News 3 Investigation
Streaming Video
Glen Meek Reporting
Vegas Strip Club Strong Arm Tactics
Jerry Nachman Report
MSNBC
December 26, 2002
Guest: Glen Meek
Vegas markers are never forgotten
INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
AmericanMafia.com
December 23, 2002
'Nightmare' at strip club haunts man
Disabled Kansan seeks damages for injuries suffered at Crazy Horse Too
Sunday, December 22, 2002
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By J.M. KALIL
Las Vegas TV News Exposes Rizzolo's Mob Connections
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INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
December 16, 2002
An Open Letter to Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman
This is a Must Read!
AmericanMafia.com
INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
December 3, 2002
Allegations Against 'Crazy Horse Too'
November 22, 2002
KVBC TV
News 3 Investigation
Streaming Video
Glen Meek Reporting
Allegations Against 'Crazy Horse Too' (Part 2)
November 22, 2002
KVBC TV
News 3 Investigation
Streaming Video
Glen Meek Reporting
Rizzolo Explains What Happened
COMMENTARY: Steve Miller
Las Vegas Tribune
November 20, 2002
New Crazy Horse Too Hits Barrier
Expansion Plans Halted
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November 20, 2002
By Steve Miller
Law enforcement open about keeping Crazy Horse Too documents closed
Sunday, November 17, 2002
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COLUMN: John L. Smith
Judge Saitta Holds Key to Justice in the Fau Wrongful Death Trial - January 6
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FRONT PAGE
November 13, 2002
By Steve Miller
Lawyers for plaintiff pull no punches in Crazy Horse Too affidavits
Friday, November 08, 2002
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COLUMN: John L. Smith
Sgro Complains About Miller's "Inaccuracies"
COMMENTARY: Steve Miller
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November 6, 2002
300 Pound Bouncer to be Tried for Battery
9 Beatings Reported - "Pattern of Violence Continues"
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November 6, 2002
By Steve Miller
 Allegations Against 'Crazy Horse Too' Gentleman's Club
November 5, 2002
KVBC TV
News 3 Investigation
Glen Meek Reporting
Crazy Horse Too owner may wish criminal investigation was less civil
Sunday, November 03, 2002
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COLUMN: John L. Smith
Tourist Claims He Was Assaulted at Crazy Horse Two
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October 30, 2002
By Steve Miller
Topless club proprietor staying cool under heat of criminal inquiry
Sunday, October 27, 2002
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COLUMN: John L. Smith
Buffalo wins another round in court battle with Crazy Horse
COMMENTARY: Steve Miller
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October 16, 2002
Rapuano Granted Liquor License by Council - Alleged Mob Ties Ignored
INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
AmericanMafia.com
October 14, 2002
Tourist Claims He Was Paralyzed By Bouncer at Vegas Topless Club
 KVBC TV
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October 5, 2001
Rizzolo’s Trials Loom - DA Averts Prosecution
INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
AmericanMafia.com
October 2, 2002
Las Vegas’ Seamy Underside
INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
AmericanMafia.com
September 16, 2002
Disclosure is the Essence of the Ethics Law
COMMENTARY: Steve Miller
Las Vegas Tribune
September 11, 2002
Crazy Horse Attempts to Evict Buffalo
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September 4, 2002
By Steve Miller
More Harassment Allegations Filed Against Crazy Horse Too
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August 21, 2002
By Steve Miller
Barrier Wins Round Against Rizzolo
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August 14, 2002
By Steve Miller
Is it Payback Time for Oscar?
COMMENTARY: Steve Miller
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July 31, 2002
Lack of Security Cited as Reason for Child Left in Car
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FRONT PAGE
July 31, 2002
By Steve Miller
Two new trial dates set for lawsuits against Rizzolo
July 10, 2002
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By Steve Miller
The District Attorney Shows His Priorities
COMMENTARY: Steve Miller
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July 10, 2002
Clout
COMMENTARY: Steve Miller
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July 3, 2002
City Enforcing Parking on Private Property
Political Favoritism Charged
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FRONT PAGE
July 3, 2002
By Steve Miller
Fau Wrongful Death Trial Rescheduled for Third Time
No more dismissals or delays anticipated
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June 26, 2002
By Steve Miller
Barrier sues Rizzolo for Harassment
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June 26, 2002
By Steve Miller
We have the right to brag
EDITORIAL
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June 19, 2002
"Loitering" Controversy Deepens - Lessee Claims City Hall Involvement
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(Photos of drunks and kids "Loitering")
FRONT PAGE
June 19, 2002
By Steve Miller
Wrestling Fans Fight Crazy Horse II
KVBC TV NEWS
June 13, 2002
Glen Meek, reporter
CHILDREN PICKET TOPLESS BAR
Landlord Says Children at Wrestling Match are "loitering" - Threatens Eviction
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(Photo of children picketing)
FRONT PAGE
June 12, 2002
By Steve Miller
Crazy Horse Protest
Owner of club accused kids of loitering at a nearby wrestling school
(Live video of Rizzolo smoking cigar and talking)
KLAS-TV
     June 12, 2002
Tom Jones, Reporter
Local Children Fight Topless Nightclub
(Live video of Rizzolo's lawyer defending him)
KVBC TV News
June 12 - 13, 2002
Judge Saitta Should Recuse from Fau Case
COMMENTARY: Steve Miller
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June 12, 2002
City Fire Officials Accused of Helping Topless Bar to Expand
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June 5, 2002
By Steve Miller
The Big Squeeze
COMMENTARY: Steve Miller
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June 5, 2002
The company he keeps
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May 19 - 25,  2002 edition
Is the Fire Department being used as a political pawn?
COMMENTARY: Steve Miller
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May 22, 2002
Moron in their midst
EDITORIAL
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May 15, 2002
Expansion of Topless Bar Stymied by Old Leases
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May 15, 2002
By Steve Miller
Crazy Horse Too Robs And Nearly Kills A Customer
Stripper Power.com
May 14, 2002
Critic of district attorney candidate better get fax straight
Monday, May 13, 2002
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By Jane Ann Morrison
ANOTHER BEATING REPORTED AT CRAZY HORSE TOO
Pattern of Violence Continues
(Photo of alleged beating victim)
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May 8, 2002
FRONT PAGE
By Steve Miller
CORRUPTION IN NEVADA? ( PART TWELVE )
 THE COMPANY HE KEEPS
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  May 8, 2002
Rizzolo's reputation might be hurt by company he keeps
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COLUMN: John L. Smith
Sunday, April 28, 2002
Renata is Still Exposed!
COMMENTARY: Steve Miller
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April 24, 2002
Crazy Horse Too Wrongful Death trial postponed again
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FRONT PAGE
March 20, 2002
By Steve Miller
 The Bare Facts: Part I
American Mafia.com
February 2002
 By John William Tuohy
The Bare Facts: Part II
American Mafia.com
February 2002
By John William Tuohy
Mob Stories
Gambling Magazine
The Bare Facts: Part I
By John William Tuohy
Cabbie Diversion Hypocrisy

COMMENTARY: Steve Miller

January 16, 2002

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Topless bar claims another victim

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December 5, 2001

By Steve Miller

The canard of 'tainted' juries

Sunday, November 18, 2001

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COLUMN: Thomas Mitchell

FIRST AMENDMENT: Judge won't gag newspaper

Wednesday, November 14, 2001
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By CARRI GEER THEVENOT

TERROR AND CARNAGE ON INDUSTRIAL ROAD

COMMENTARY: Steve Miller
© Copyright Las Vegas Tribune
October 24, 2001
Selling Sleaze Scrupulously
By Jon Moser
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10/23/01
Rizzolo Responds to Tribune Articles
Rizzolo's unedited Letter to the Editor
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October 17, 2001
Mr. Rizzolo shoots blanks at the messenger
COMMENTARY: Steve Miller
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October 17, 2001
Show Cause Hearing requested for topless club
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FRONT PAGE
October 10, 2001
TIPS Program Ignored by Local Topless Bar
October 10, 2001
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FRONT PAGE
(Photo of drunk)
By Steve Miller
Strip club searched after assault on customer
By Keith Paul
LAS VEGAS SUN
Friday, October 5, 2001
Man Says Bouncers Paralyzed Him
KLAS-TV
     October 5, 2001
Carol Wilkinson, Reporter
Paralyzed Kansas Man Files Lawsuit Against Club
KLAS TV NEWS
Oct. 5, 2001
Tom Jones, Reporter

DID CLUB DISPUTE LEAD TO BROKEN NECK?

Oct. 4, 2001

John L. Smith

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Another beating reported at topless bar

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October 3, 2001
By Steve Miller
A BROKEN NECK FOR $88 DOLLARS
COMMENTARY: Steve Miller
© Copyright Las Vegas Tribune
October 3, 2001
Racketeering Charge Against Rizzolo Sticks
By Steve Miller
© Copyright Las Vegas Tribune
September 26, 2001
Wrongful death lawsuit reinstated against Crazy Horse Too
August 22, 2001
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By Steve Miller
Crazy Horse and the Battle of Little Big Horn
COMMENTARY: Steve Miller
© Copyright Las Vegas Tribune
August 1, 2001
The Horse's Ass
Column: Steve Miller
© Copyright Las Vegas Tribune
July 18, 2001
Councilman Rizzolo?
COLUMN: Steve Miller
(N.D.O.T. drawing)
© Copyright Las Vegas Tribune
December 13, 2000
Rizzolo Caught In The Act Of Spying On Neighbor
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(Photos of bouncers intimidating photographer)
December 6, 2000
By Steve Miller
Sheriff: Evidence in McDonald probe enough for arrest
By Erin Neff
and Keith Paul
October 16, 2000
LAS VEGAS SUN
Topless bar owner's good name at stake in defamation lawsuit
Thursday, September 21, 2000
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COLUMN: John L. Smith
Adult club dancers are on hand at fund-raiser
By Jeff German
September 07, 2000
LV Sun
Affidavits accuse Crazy Horse Too of prostitution and drug sales
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August 16, 2000
Religion  Notes
Las Vegas Review Journal
July 22, 2000
Church blocking adult business scrutinized
By Ed Koch
July 14, 2000
LAS VEGAS SUN
July 21, 2000
Church's illegal paperwork discovered
Adult club tied to suspicious church opening
By Erin Neff
LAS VEGAS SUN
July 21, 2000
HANDS OFF
A repair shop owner grapples against an eviction effort brought by his landlord.
Monday, May 08, 2000
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By Mike Zapler
POLITICAL PARTIES, PART II:
THE NEVADA INSIDERS E-BRIEFING
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John L. Smith
December 13, 1999
It Pays to be a Las Vegas City Councilman!
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(Before & after photos of councilman's new house)
November 2, 1999
By Steve Miller
Political uprising - Councilman surprises critics
(Councilman refuses to discuss if he pays rent to Cusamano's family for house)
By Erin Neff
November 2, 1999
Las Vegas Sun
City Sued Over Illegal Expansion of Topless Nightclub
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October 28, 1999
Commissioners do hootchy-kootchy in adult business vote
John L. Smith
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Sept. 23, 1999
Ordinances target adult businesses
Thursday, August 05, 1999
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By Steve Friess
McDonald's Mafia
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June 14, 1999
By Steve Miller
Ex-officer fights Black Book listing
By John Wilen
LAS VEGAS SUN
March 19, 1999
Topless nightclub circuit becomes battleground in City Council race
March 09, 1999
Columnist Jeff German
LV Sun
Three Councilmen Manipulated
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February 19,1999
A Tawdry Affair
   By STEVE SEBELIUS
  City Life
    February 12,1999
"Where such is not allowed"
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February 11, 1999
By Steve Miller
Council OKs strip club expansion
Despite accusations and one abstention, Crazy Horse Too
receives approval for an already completed addition.
Tuesday, February 09, 1999
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By Mike Zapler
Strip club pursues expansion approval
(after project completed)
Tuesday, February 02, 1999
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By Mike Zapler
Crazy Zoning
Las Vegas Boulevard
 John L. Smith
 Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
  January 29, 1999
McDonald under investigation
By Cathy Scott
LAS VEGAS SUN
May 26, 1998
Doumani brothers will be back in the headlines in 1998
December 23, 1997
Columnist Jeff German
Las Vegas Sun
Topless club sued over patron's death
By Bill Gang
LAS VEGAS SUN
August 01, 1997
Cusumano's casino role bared
March 25, 1996
JEFF GERMAN
LV Sun

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Steve is a former LV City Councilman who believes some things that happen in Vegas should not stay in Vegas.
In 1991, Steve was voted the Most Effective Public Official in Southern Nevada by the Las Vegas Review-Journal Reader's Poll.
In 1998, Steve was inducted into the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
In 1999, the Las Vegas Review-Journal's special edition THE FIRST 100 listed Steve in a historical record of the people who contributed most to the shaping of Southern Nevada.
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