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Corruption in Nevada: 28
Mon, 01 May 2006

Las Vegas - According to John L. Smith's story in yesterday's LV Review-Journal, Rick Rizzolo, owner of the now infamous strip club Crazy Horse Too, has made a deal with the Feds. According to Smith, Rizzolo will soon plead guilty to several felonies and will serve 2 years or less in prison.  This is quite a different outcome than that what John Flood, a former Chicago top cop, expects. In a recent e-mail, Flood said "Rizzolo is too well connected to cut a deal...he'd be in witness protection the rest of his life....or in solitary in a prison."  In other words, Rick Rizzolo must have cut quite a deal with the Feds if he isn't required to finger some real Mob guys who like to kill people who testify against them.
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Corruption in Nevada: 27
Sat, 10 Sep 2005

LAS VEGAS - In Las Vegas, lady justice is treated like a lap dancer whose eyes are covered so she will not see how much is being paid for her services. Last March, Veronica Schmidt ingested too much Xanax, then drove her car into a bus stop and killed three children and one adult. DA David Roger granted Schmidt "immunity" and now he and some of his staff are straining to find excuses not to do their job. One prosecutor went so far as to say a gust of wind may have blown the SUV into the bus stop shelter. Here's the inside story:
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Corruption in Nevada: 26
Sun, 28 Nov 2004

As federal indictments near in "Operation Crazy Horse," another Vegas topless bar owner is singing like a canary. In 2004, the FBI's "Operation G-Sting" revealed the depth of corruption tied to the topless bar rackets in Las Vegas and San Diego. "G-Sting's" target was Mike Galardi, former owner of Cheetahs strip clubs in Vegas and on the coast. The upcoming target of "Operation Crazy Horse" is longtime Crazy Horse Too strip club owner Rick Rizzolo and his associates. Galardi, who passed two lie detector tests, has reportedly nailed a number of local judges, cops, and politicians in Vegas. The information he?s provided also brought crooked San Diego politicians to their knees, but according to my sources, the main event is about to star Rick Rizzolo.
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Corruption in Nevada: 25
Sat, 04 Sep 2004

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - The Crazy Horse Too is under federal investigation for a series of brutal beatings and robberies involving bar personnel which were ignored by local law enforcement. In fact, all incidents of violence at the now infamous topless bar have been routinely ignored. Since 1985, when owner Rick Rizzolo was alleged to have been personally involved in the baseball bat beating of a patron, the Las Vegas Department of Business Activity, the LV Metropolitan Police and Clark County District Attorney have never cited or prosecuted any criminal violations.
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Corruption in Nevada: 24
Sat, 17 Jul 2004

Since 1999, I've been writing about the extortion, tax evasion, prostitution, credit card fraud, beatings and murder at the Crazy Horse Too. Rick Rizzolo has made his fortune by paying off local law enforcement, a local reporter, and a number of high level public officials including several judges to keep a lid on his and his associate's criminal activities. In a recent article, Las Vegas Sun columnist Jeff German confirmed what I've been reporting on TwistedBadge.com and AmericanMafia.com. The story he tells is the beginning of the biggest local scandal since Operation Yobo and G-Sting. Because some local law enforcement officials - including the past and present Clark County D.A., Mayor Oscar Goodman and former Las Vegas City Councilman Mike McDonald have taken part in the cover up of the secret ownership of the Crazy Horse Too and the protection racket it inspired, it will now take the FBI and IRS to clean up what we on a local level should have stopped many years ago. This is why we pay federal taxes. Here?s the article:
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Corruption in Nevada: 23
Thu, 01 May 2003

Ricky Dyer was a mild-mannered young man of 21 who worked in a grocery store in Sparks, Nevada. He had been living with his parents until approximately two weeks prior to his death. He was devoted to his family, especially to his mother, to whom he regularly brought flowers. He was the kind of person who would always help others, both in his personal life and at work. Ricky was a happy person who had just bought his first car, was looking forward to moving into his own apartment and beginning life on his own as an adult. He did not fit the profile of one whose death was ruled a suicide by the investigating agencies.
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Corruption in Nevada: 22
Sat, 03 Apr 2004

Las Vegas is a city of excesses, so it should come as no surprise that the enforcement of laws depends upon who you know, not what you do. To the best of my knowledge, a number of police officers, some local judges, the present District Attorney and the former DA have been on the take from topless bar owner Rick Rizzolo for years. Our mayor, Oscar Goodman, is part of the problem because of ongoing loyalties to his former criminal defense clients, including Joey Cusumano and Albert Rapuano. Mayor Goodman is blatantly ignoring hundreds of serious problems at the Crazy Horse Too topless bar, in which Cusumano and Rapuano are suspected of sharing hidden ownership. According to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department statistics, the Crazy Horse received 737 police calls including 9 for assaults and 6 for robberies involving bar employees since 1999, but Goodman has done nothing!
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Corruption in Nevada: 21
Mon, 10 Nov 2003

 Las Vegas is more than a city. It's a state of mind. Mob lawyer Oscar Goodman is the perfect mayor for a town where a family values TV campaign failed miserably and has been replaced by "What happens here, stays here." Federal investigators hope this new campaign works because they've been running wiretaps on politicians, ex-cops and topless joint owners.
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Corruption in Nevada: 20
Wed, 20 Aug 2003

 Four Vegas politicians go down hard, more to come...

In a town where appearance is everything, former politicians Erin Kenny, Dario Herrera, Mike McDonald and Lance Malone had it all - looks, youth, fame, status, and the chance to drink from the public's trough. Then the sky fell in. In the eyes of the voters, Erin and Dario sitting together on the powerful Clark County Commission resembled Barbie and Ken, but in the eyes of the FBI they looked more like Bonnie and Clyde. The rich and powerful bowed to them, but behind the scenes much was happening that would be the harbinger of the biggest political corruption probe this callous city has ever seen, a probe that would spill over into San Diego, California and beyond, and would end the political careers of some of Nevada's most promising.
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Corruption in Nevada: 19
Sat, 24 May 2003

"What happens here stays here" is the intriguing message being delivered to millions of potential Vegas visitors in a TV ad campaign paid for by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. The ad agency which coined this phrase also handles the campaigns of Nevada's highest level politicians. Back in 1987, during my first days as a Las Vegas City Councilman, I was told almost the same thing during my initial briefing. Back then, the Mayor told me that if a problem could not be resolved by the city attorney, take it to the district attorney. If the DA could not handle it, go to the police department. If they turn you away, go to the state attorney general. If the AG would not take an interest, then forget about the problem. His message to me was clear; "Don't air Las Vegas' dirty laundry outside state lines."
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Corruption in Nevada: 18
Thu, 20 Feb 2003

At 4 AM this morning, eighty FBI and DEA agents raided the Crazy Horse Too in Las Vegas and the topless bar has been closed. Crazy Horse Too owner Rick Rizzolo, who was recently described by Councilman Mike McDonald as a "pillar of the community", is expected to be indicted for racketeering within the next several weeks. Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman has steadfastly refused to bring the Crazy Horse before the city council on a Show Cause hearing to defend its privileged business license. Before he was elected Mayor, Goodman was the criminal defense attorney for Rizzolo associate Joey Cusamano, who is suspected of having a hidden ownership in the Crazy Horse. According to a reliable source, Rizzolo cannot be located by federal law enforcement agents.
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Corruption in Nevada: 17
Wed, 05 Feb 2003

 Like old Chicago, Las Vegas was always mob run whether local citizens liked it or not. Lately, Vegas has reinvented itself as "Sin City" by capitalizing openly on its sinister reputation. The mob has also reinvented itself into what--only in Vegas--looks like legitimate business goings on. Replacing casinos as the once pilfered cash cows, many topless clubs are now the money laundries, dope dens, and hooker havens just as off limits to law enforcement as the casinos once were.
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Corruption in Nevada: 16
Wed, 20 Nov 2002

 On September 20, 2001, Kansas resident Kirk Henry allegedly had his neck broken by a bouncer at the Crazy Horse Too topless bar, 2476 Industrial Rd. On October 2, 2001, Henry sued the Crazy Horse and its owner, Frederick "Rick" Rizzolo, for Attempted Murder. The case was assigned to Clark County District Court Judge Jeffery Sobel. On March 14, 2002, less than six months after Sobel was assigned the Henry case, Rizzolo wrote a check for $5,000 to Judge Sobel's campaign committee. On September 27, 2002, Rizzolo gave Sobel another $5,000 making him the judge's biggest campaign contributor. Even though Rizzolo was a Defendant in his court, Sobel evidently had no problem accepting his $10,000 largesse.
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Corruption in Nevada: 15
Wed, 31 May 2006

Some say the Mob left Las Vegas when the corporations moved in. However, a new Mob has emerged and is involved in the lucrative adult entertainment industry. Money laundering, prostitution, and narcotics are their crimes of choice. To conduct business in the open, certain unscrupulous businessmen pay off politicians to protect their interests.
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Corruption in Nevada: 14
Wed, 31 May 2006

 Las Vegas - Mayor Oscar Goodman recently had lunch with Dean Patti and Tony Sgro, attorneys for the Crazy Horse Too topless bar and it's purported owner, their biggest client, Rick Rizzolo. These same two lawyers are lending their law offices to deputy D.A. David Roger for his campaign headquarters. It should be noted that the next D.A. will have to decide whether (or not) to prosecute two cases Las Vegas Metro PD has pending against Rizzolo, who is Roger's most prolific campaign fundraiser. Mayor Goodman may have exposed his Achilles Heal when he recently announced a far-fetched proposal to allow seven city-based sexually oriented businesses (S.O.B.s) to expand even though six of them never even asked for the privilege. The Achilles Heal? Only one of the S.O.B.s - the Crazy Horse Too - has an immediate need for Oscar's help.


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Corruption in Nevada: 13
Wed, 31 May 2006

 The mystery began in 1993 when the 103 page Scotland Yard Report was delivered to two Las Vegas journalists, John L. Smith, and myself. Its sender was not identified nor was it known why we were the only persons in Las Vegas to receive the document. Mr. Smith wrote the book Running Scared: The Life and Treacherous Times of Las Vegas Casino King Steve Wynn, using portions of the information he gathered from this document. Following the publication of Running Scared, Mr. Smith and his publisher were sued for libel by Mr. Wynn, who challenged the veracity of most of the information contained in the Report and in Smith's book. Wynn's libel case is currently threading its way through the courts.
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Corruption in Nevada: 12
Wed, 08 May 2002

Las Vegas - Topless bar owner Rick Rizzolo recently kicked in $10,000 and organized a fundraiser for District Attorney candidate David Roger. At an earlier fundraiser held at his Canyon Gate home, Rizzolo introduced the candidate to most of the other adult business owners and their wallets. David Roger seems unconcerned that his chief fundraiser is facing at least three court dates for alleged beatings, robberies, and a wrongful death. He also doesn't seem troubled by the fact that Las Vegas Metro PD has two cases against Rizzolo's business waiting for filing by the DA's office.
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Corruption in Nevada: 11
Wed, 31 May 2006

Longtime Clark County Public Administrator Jared Shafer has announced his retirement at the conclusion of his current term and will vacate his office on December 31. The Las Vegas Tribune believes the time has come to hold him accountable before he slips away. Shafer, up until recently, shared the responsibility of also being the county's official Public Guardian. As such, he was charged with the duty of taking care of an individual and/or the individual's property when a request for guardianship is made by the courts after it is determined that a person is not capable of administering his/her own affairs. This brings to mind the case of Anna Marie Gaule, a wealthy Alzheimer's patient who is under the "guardianship" of Shafer.
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Corruption in Nevada: 10
Fri, 22 Feb 2002

 LAS VEGAS - The Internal Revenue Service is auditing the tax returns of more than 250 Las Vegas Valley law enforcement officers.  The federal agency is focusing on those officers who bought abusive trust systems which purport to relieve them of federal income tax obligations. In the Las Vegas area, the IRS has notified hundreds of Metropolitan Police Department, North Las Vegas Police Department, and Nevada Highway Patrol Officers of their trust audits. As an attorney, I represent many police officers, and I am very concerned that no one else is defrauded.
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Corruption in Nevada: 9
Thu, 27 Dec 2001

According to sources I trust, one of the Crazy Horse Too bouncers involved in the 1995 beating death of patron Scott Fau wants to "come clean."  The bouncer, who has been employed at the Las Vegas topless club for over five years, is reportedly telling anyone who'll listen that the handcuffed 300 pound Fau broke loose from responding Las Vegas Metro Police officers as they were escorting him from the club. The officers, according to the bouncer, chased Fau to the railroad tracks behind the club where he was later found dead of injuries caused by blunt force trauma. The bouncers, who are defendants in a pending wrongful death lawsuit, claim they never touched him.
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Corruption in Nevada: 8
Tue, 13 Nov 2001

Las Vegas - At a hearing this morning, Clark County District Court Judge Nancy M. Saitta denied a Motion for Gag Order sought by topless bar owner Frederick "Rick" Rizzolo, who is well known as a generous political campaign contributor and fundraiser. Attorneys Dean Patti and Tony Sgro, representing Rizzolo, argued that Las Vegas Tribune stories by Steve Miller were "prejudicing juries" which would be hearing upcoming trials relating to beatings, robberies, and the death of a patron at Rizzolo's bar, the Crazy Horse Too. The Tribune and Miller, represented by attorney Chris Rasmussen, argued on First Amendment grounds that the gag order request was improper and would restrict freedom of the press.
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Corruption in Nevada: 7
Wed, 31 May 2006

For the first time, federal agents have admitted that the FBI is looking at the possibility that others, beside Sandra Murphy and Richard Tabish, were responsible for the drug overdose death of casino operator Ted Binion.
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Corruption in Nevada: 6
Wed, 31 May 2006

Las Vegas - On October 2, IRS Agent Wiley Davis, a team manager with the Colorado office of the Internal Revenue Service, allegedly assaulted Las Vegas residents Keith Milbourn and Kent Nicholson and no action was taken. Nicholson accompanied his friend Milbourn to the Oakey Boulevard office of the IRS to discuss Milbourn's account. When Nicholson referred to material obtained from Irwin Schiff and the Freedom Book Store, agent Davis reportedly went out of control and began hitting Nicholson in the groin with a chair, then pushed him out of the building.
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Corruption in Nevada: 5
Wed, 31 May 2006

In the Fall of 1998, Clark County Commissioners were meeting to decide who would build a recreational complex in booming Las Vegas, at the corner of Russell Road and Las Vegas Boulevard. The project, tentatively called the Strip Golf Complex, was a real plum. Developers Sig Rogich, Texas-based Gary Player Design Group and Club Corp and Billy Waters were all vying for this very, very lucrative contract.
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Corruption in Nevada: 4
Wed, 31 May 2006

Like Chicago of lore, Las Vegas has always been mob run. Lately, LV has reinvented itself as Sin City and has started marketing its sinister reputation. The mob has also reinvented itself into what - only here - looks like legitimate business. The topless clubs have been taken over and are now the money laundries, dope dens, and hooker havens as off limits to law enforcement as the casinos once were. Our politicians are not scandalized by their involvement with hookers and pimps. It's normal here. Many cops are on the take and so are a few of the DA's, along with some judges who party with the hookers, mobsters, and pimps out in the open.
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Corruption in Nevada: 3
Wed, 31 May 2006

Like a summer monsoon's first raindrops, the filing this week of Richard "Bo" Dietl's $25 million federal lawsuit against Mirage Resorts and two former executives went all but unnoticed. Just a few spots of ink in an ocean of news. Given Dietl's ability as a media rainmaker, and the gravity of the questions facing Thomas Sheer, Eugene Harding and the pre-takeover Mirage machine, chances are good that will change soon.
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Corruption in Nevada: 2
Wed, 31 May 2006

For fourteen years I had the good fortune to serve as the executive secretary of the Nevada Commission on Ethics. I was the Commission?s sole employee from its inception in 1985 through 1999. During my tenure, I was privileged to see history being made, meet people that others could only dream of meeting and to participate in Nevada?s future.
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Corruption in Nevada: 1
Wed, 31 May 2006

The Crazy Horse Too is under federal investigation for a series of brutal beatings and robberies involving bar personnel which were ignored by local law enforcement. In fact, all incidents of violence at the now infamous topless bar have been routinely ignored. Since 1985, when owner Rick Rizzolo was alleged to have been personally involved in the baseball bat beating of a patron, the Las Vegas Department of Business Activity, the LV Metropolitan Police and Clark County District Attorney have never cited or prosecuted any criminal violations.
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