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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Fred Pascente


Several years ago, just after the article below hit the news, Slick and I attended the grand opening of Freddy Pascente's nightclub in the famous South Beach district of Miami Beach. Slick knew Fred from years ago when Fred was a regular in Las Vegas.

A few days prior to the opening we kibitzed with Freddy. To say that he was unhappy about his listing in Nevada's Black Book of excluded persons was like saying Joan of Arc was a little upset about being burned at the stake as a heretic.

As you can imagine, the gala was quite and affair complete with hot women, rocking music and flowing booze. Freddy the fine host, allowed us to experience the "inner sanctum" portion of the nightclub where the real deals went down. Therefore it came as no surprise when we were politely asked to leave when major players were ushered in to be wined and dined.

Rumors ran rampant about why the nightclub folded so quickly after its opening. Perhaps it was only intended to enjoy a brief run?

Read below for more about Fred Pascente...

Allegations Against 'Crazy Horse Too' (Part 2)
November 22, 2002
KVBC.com
Glen Meek Reporting

It's a topless club with a reputation for hard-nosed bouncers -- but do some of the workers have ties to mob figures? News 3 'Investigator' Glen Meek has been digging deeper into allegations made against the "Crazy Horse Too" topless club by a man injured there.

Crazy Horse President Rick Rizzolo has admitted rubbing-elbows with men in gaming's "black book" -- and others linked to organized crime. But the company he keeps also includes some of Southern Nevada's top politicians.

Literally behind the glitter of the Crazy Horse Too topless club is the grit of an auto repair shop. It's owned by Former Pro Wrestler, Buffalo Jim Barrier. From his neighboring business -- Barrier has seen a lot of strange things at the Crazy Horse. "Yeah, I've seen bouncers out in the parking lot beating people. I've seen people coming into my place all bloody." Barrier took pictures of a Kansas tourist crumpled in the Crazy Horse parking lot in September of 2001. Kirk Henry's neck was broken as he left the club after a dispute over his tab. He's now a quadriplegic. "The management of this club should be severely punished for allowing thugs and criminals to beat up the clients that come into this place, and I think the place should be shut down." Henry is suing the Crazy Horse -- alleging there's an environment of lawlessness in the club.

The man suspected of assaulting Henry -- Shift Manager, Bobby D'Apice. D'Apice has previous arrests for domestic battery, battery on an officer and carrying a concealed weapon. In a videotaped deposition made for Henry's lawsuit, Crazy Horse President Rick Rizzolo was asked about his hiring of men with criminal backgrounds. "Prior to hiring your employees do you inquire of them as to what their criminal history is?" "No." "Why not?" "We believe in giving everybody a shot." "Irrespective of what their criminal histories might be?" "Yeah."

Rizzolo's view on background checks may help explain why there are a number of ex-felons or men with mob ties at the Crazy Horse. Men like Shift Manager, Vinnie Faraci... son of reputed "Bonnano" crime family soldier... "Johnnie Green" Faraci of New York." "Does Mr. Faraci have any criminal history?" "Yes." "What is his criminal history?" "Insurance fraud. I know about that because he was working for me when he was arrested." Crazy Horse bartender Joe Blasko also has a criminal history. He's a former corrupt Metro cop convicted in the 1980's for taking part in a mob-run burglary ring. "You know he has a criminal history but you don't know what it's for?" "I think it had something to do with Bertha's Jewelry store, but I don't remember what -- if you mean the conviction I don't know what that was all about."

Mr. Rizzolo's memory was also fuzzy about his Shift Manager Ray Randazzo. "Are you aware of Mr. Randazzo's criminal history?" "I know he has one, I don't know what it's for." "It's for drug trafficking."

Then there's Fred Pascente -- former Chicago cop and former employee of Chicago's version of the Crazy Horse -- which pays Rizzolo a 20-thousand dollar a month consulting fee. You'll find Pascente in Nevada's Black book --excluded from casinos for alleged links to organized crime. "Are you aware of any arrests of Mr. Pascente in Las Vegas?" "Yes." "How is it that you're aware he was arrested?" "I was standing next to him." Rizzolo says he ended his association with Pascente after his inclusion in the black book.

Then there's Rocco Lombardo, floorman at the Crazy Horse. You may have heard of his brother Joey -- named in published reports as a top advisor to the Chicago mob. "Is that "Joey the Clown"'s Brother?" "I don't know. His brother's named Joey -- I don't know if he's a clown or not." While professing ignorance of "Joey the Clown" -- Rizzolo was certain to recognize this next name -- until his lawyers shut him up. "Do you know Joseph Cusamano?" "He's not answering that based on counsel." "Are you refusing to answer the question?" "Yes."

Joseph Cusamano was placed in Nevada's black book in 1990 -- for criminal convictions and alleged mob connections. You'll note Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman was Cusamano's lawyer at the time. Though Rizzolo has hobnobbed with black book and mob figures -- his social circle also includes prominent Nevada politicians. Rizzolo's friendship with City Councilman Michael McDonald -- but McDonald says he's never taken campaign cash from Rizzolo and doesn't vote on issues involving the Crazy Horse. But Kirk Henry and his wife Amy can't help but wonder if Rizzolo's political connections keep government officials from taking too close a look at the club's liquor license. "And I can't understand what kind of city or state would allow a place like this to remain in business."

"The man suspected of hurting Mr. Henry -- has not been charged with anything at this point." He and his lawyer declined comment. Mr. Rizzolo was advised by his lawyer not to go on camera with us -- but the attorney did fax a statement that reads in part:

"We strongly dispute the idea that Crazy Horse Too has not done enough to maintain order and civility within the club."

"Given that more than a thousand people a day come to visit the Crazy Horse -- it is unavoidable that the occasional incident will occur." In this case -- Rizzolo's lawyers suggest Mr. Henry fell in the parking lot -- and was not attacked.

But our own investigation indicates there are witnesses who saw Henry being assaulted.The FBI and metro would like to hear from anyone who might have seen what happened to Mr. Henry. The two agencies are working together on a probe of incidents at the Crazy Horse Too.

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

fred pascente is a loser he preys on people with money because he has none, and by the way his wife smeel terrible both are gypsies be carefull

Anonymous said...

FRED PASCENTE A STAND UP MAN OF CHARACTER. TO KNOW HIM IS TO LOVE HIM. ONE OF THE FUNNIEST MOST STAND UP PEOPLE IVE EVER MET. SO WHO EVER POSTED THE ABOVE COMMENT REALLY MUST HAVE DONE MR. PASCENTE WRONG.THEY SHOULD ALSO GET A SPELL CHECK ON THEIR COMPUTER

Anonymous said...

People in lemont are very ignorant

howard said...

Fred's wife May is a sweetheart

Anonymous said...

freddy is not a bad guy david ballog jr screwed him and a lot of people even his own family gypsys too and hamber still in chicago screwing a lot of people if freddy is a mob guy why is david ballog still alive its been26 yrs and every body is still geting screwed people never forget or forgive he did his time freddy go after d ballog hes still out their doing the same thing

Anonymous said...

DAVID BALLOG AND HIS BROTHER LARRY MOUSE JOHN BALLOG SAY THEY BEAT ALL OF YQUS GUYS OUTOF ALL THE MONEY THEY BROROW AND WILL NEVER PAY YOUS BACK AND NEVER GOT THEIR ASS KICK THEY ARE LAUGHING AT YOUS DAVID BOY SAYS YOUS ARE SHITAND TOLD OUT EVER THING TO THE FEDS ANDTRYING TO WRITE A BOOK ABOUT YOUS GUYS HES OUT TO SCREW YOUS AGAIN HES GOT A MOUTH THAT WONT STOP

Anonymous said...

I don't believe the 'borrowing' was limited to guys. I would be interested in any further comments or activity regarding this matter.
Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I am very interested in your informaton concerning the Ballog matter. I am not one of the guys, it's a female here.

mobwriter said...

I have no further information on the individuals in this post. sorry I can't be of further help.

Anonymous said...

For the person who wrote about the Ballogs. Best be the devil you know and the devil you don't know....you are the devil and you must hate yourself and everybody you meet.

Anonymous said...

The word yous guys comes from the gypsy clan. Sounds as though you are envious. In reality, David Ballog was the best thing that happened to the indictment. He picked up a lot of pieces that yous guys scattered all over the Federal Building. Remember Anonymous,the statement you made to D. Ballog, "Run for your lives, because I was so scard, I don't know what I said in there." This is something you should remember!

Anonymous said...

devil im not the one who is scard or the devil yous are running scard im with god but look at yous where yous are at today 1995 was a long time ago peopie just dont forget or forgive con men and dirty cops so have a bless day anyway pray for yourself and yours amonymous

Anonymous said...

dave is the best thimg that happen to area 3 police dept all you dirty cops are know to the world and bookies juice loans and all yous dirty cops and con men thank god they are not cops anymore they all work for mr d ballog and did the crime with him and his family yous made him a big shot he swewed all of yous peoplethank you god

Anonymous said...

they all lived the gypsy life greed scams scounorels even the chicago police dept was with the gypsy clan

Anonymous said...

All you jackass, that talked about
passcente and ballog Dont know, jack ,about anything, even if they died towmarro, you,MAYBE ?? would have to live three more lifes to have the SMILES they had an still have about life, U GUYS should stop your comments and pay more attention to your wifes they need a lot of help, POOR GIRLS!!

Anonymous said...

the person thatis sticking up for the two rats that ripe off a lot of us and put all his family in jail and made all of us pay sounds like you and your wife must be sucking dave ballogs ass and you know what you sound like a pig get alife all you crooks dirty cops yous did a lot to all those gypsyies i will let the worid know about dave ballog you cant do nothing about this rat i know everthing im his fanily f you pig rats

Anonymous said...

oi would not want to be in dave ballog s shoes hes a very hated man he gets no repect from no one only from rats like the ones he didnt turn in for the one who says it will take 3 lifes to be like them i would not want to be in there shoes a know rat they are know to the world may be your one of them too god bless u any way i will pray for yous guys idont have to watch my back like yous thats why you have a bad life im clean never put in jail gods on my side never hurt noone freedy is a goodhearted man

Anonymous said...

dave ballog has a twin he looks acts same hight blad ness like him danny divto same looks what a guy to all
y0u wumen out theirbut no money in his hands

Anonymous said...

dave u r still out there now that u know this web sight that all the guys u put in jail are on u should pray for forgivness u r still playing the sweet heart game with little oid ladies and robing those ladysyou and your brother u cant work a job or be a good guy everybody knows where to find u little bo pep no one to save u u lost all your frirnds u put them in jail or they died u are old guy now no place to go your well know as a rat noone cares about u have a great day or something rat finkeverybody is watching u fbi snitch

Anonymous said...

Now I got you , little fairey,you bored piece of crap, go get a life, oh, I forgot you cant, what the hell are you doing on this site,you know didley,corn ball!!!Put your next comment on a banner across lincoln ave, you little nothing!! David

Anonymous said...

I"LL tell you this, whoever, is commenting on ,David and Fred,has discredited the site,for that person,knows nothing. This is suppose to have "MOB TALK"
your just someone, that does
need, to make a life!!
Please lisen,David,Fred, I would give
anything, to spend some time,with
YOUS GUYS ! LOVE YOUS

TERRY

P.S. Not GYPSY

Anonymous said...

I personaly think the gypies, beat the goverment, at their own game.
They played them like the Violinist,that they are.

WHO RA WHO RA

Anonymous said...

i thoughyou want to be a movie star or a ganster this is where it may happen thats haar far u are going to go im not gay but u have 2 gay unclesraymond and tommy benniesso that are guy what about u and john u guys went with men for money u pea on thats are u can get so kill your self and make every one happy ballog dead dogu have to steal or rob a old lady to get moneynoone wants u around your all wash up you never did any thing for your kids or grand kids u r the pits u only no how to bet a horse i will keep writing about u to let every one know u shit i writ a book about u u rise your kids to rob none of them went to schoolthey only know how todo take backsu only went to 6 grade only school was newberry thats it so go lear how to praybecausethats the only thing u can do for u and your kidsu are adog u fuck any thing that walks old manu are too old now im young u have no life only to go back to jail everyone is waiting for uto die so ill see u in cleveland when u go for your next check up let the fbi know when your there where did u get a medico card out there and how are u on secion 8 with your record did u beat the cace in vagusor are u still telling out on the gypsyies againthats what u do pea onu cant do the timewheres your brother noone sees him or u around areyous hiding from the realguys u owh money toeveybodys watching u everybody knows how to fine u so pray u dont get fond a lot of people want uballog dogu will never be a nice guy like your father he never hurt noone but u did a lot fag it pea on u lost all your frends u have noonewhers jimbo no one to fight for u no more cop frendsonlybevely but u put johnny in jail too and all your familyand your mom too rat fink watgh your self ill pray foru any wayhave a great day any way bitch rat finkstay of this sightnoone careswhat u have to say may be your f b i freandsruning out of peoplecant find noone to put in jail whos next on your list rat finki know every thing a bout u cops are watching u day and night they want u we all are waiting for u rat fink pea on

Anonymous said...

dan divito d ballog little guyyou have nothing or nooneyou used every one that was good to you now nomoney wife kids whereyou going to run now every bodys gone or deadyou are alone your 65 yrs old your a old man now you havent been on lincoln for over 20 yrs noone gypssies live there anymore all your inlaws moved out yrs ago raymonds and laura are dead jimbos deadyour the only one left so hide your shame you are a rat and thats it the world knows you now so hide your old face no women wants a guy with no money so leve all the young girls alone everyone istaking about you old manyou have grand kids do something for them you have asick son with aidstry to help him i see him beging on the streethes home less but yous all haveinsurance on himget him a place to stay cheap ass big shot your a big man what goes around comes around thats why all your kids have to rob noone works it will catch up to you lol at you get areal job your wife cheaes on you thats great she still looks goodyour a old man now you cant do shit ill keep writing about you do everyone a favor kill your self you have nothing to lose

Anonymous said...

lolo no I dont think ill kill my self. but I wont be on this site any more just came in after someone told me how misserable you are with life!! may be you need to ck out, cause you have noting better to do!! Thanks for letting me know
how much I upset, u it makes my day,oh , I do have the power to find out who U are and I will , Just curious!!!Think Not??? David

Anonymous said...

thanks for the information dan divito you are great guy nooneis afaid of you old man u have nothing we all know who u are the devil so u will face god one day lol at you i got u too good now i just wanted the world to know about u and what u are a rat fink pea on u did this to yourself there is no lies i wrote about you u are knowed to the world lol say your sorry this was for all the people u hurt in your life now u have to face god and the bless mother the great est power im the world im glad all the guys u put in jail know your alive and live in chicago lol u finally came out of hiding u have alot of enemies u just dont who im so pray for your self and yours u need it cant hurt noone but yourself you will be back in jail soon u cant stop your crimes thats all u know how to make money so u will in jail soonyou are a jail bird and thats where you belong so u cant hurt no one eles thers a lot of cops that want u in jail so keep robbing those old women u and your ballog clan got u all f up have a good day any way con man every thin i wrot is no lie about you d ballog i will allways tell everybony about you cant get away no more the world knows you now thats all i wanted to do you this web sight is not about you you are not a ganster your a gypsy conman ballog clan thats it gypsyies use to be afaid of you not no more you got throw on of the protcton program when u got cauth in vagus for id theif noone to protect you any more you have to fight a lone now unless u put someone eles in jail my be your grand kids next they all do take backs to mack a living but all the stores know you ballogs yous never payed for anything in your lifes or worked all went to 6 grade never went to school the all live the ballog cian life so who cares about your family or you what a life your a big shot now ganster movie star on this sight thats for warning me ill be waiting for you to come so will the cops your be in jail so fast you wont know what hit you pea on thats all u can do is tell ouy on people that make monet for you because you cant do the time but next time you will do all the timr yourself you just prove what you are thank you

Anonymous said...

dave ballog as dan divito didnot teach hts kids family values or to respest the law or learn them how to make a hard working dollar he showed them how to steal not one of them ever worked a day in their life they all are convicts and to hurt people even there own kind even their own family they fight dirty like their father fights he needs other people to do his dirty work he used freaddy to go after hes eneies so thats why he got away with alot he had police to protect him at the time herobed a lot of gypsyies that were doing crimes he would say give me money or ill put u in jail now he has that nomore cops on his side he put them all in jail now they are convicts likt him and his kids all hes family mother kids inlaws cousins but not his fathers family hes all washed up now hes teaching hrs grand kids new faces he has to rob him and hes bpother john ballog have to rob someone its in the blood they dont work dave ballog robed a women in the 90s her husband died she got insurance money he stole her moneysaying she could double her money she grave him 50000 never to be fond no more she killed her self it was all the money she had in her life her brother is a good cop hes been looking for him for years he even robed hessons wife and denise wife jannet out of money he cares about noone but hesself not no one eles hes a robber thats all he knows hes out ther doing this he must be stoped he thinks hes above the law but freddys not their for him no more or ralph or jimbo or hes family hes a loanly old man hes scewed thank god ps whos ever for him he will get u too im telling u who ever was for him went to jail or died hes the devil he dont belive in god u will see theres notthing eles to say from anonymous thanks have a bless day god will get u dave ballog soon

Anonymous said...

ithink thaes all i have to say for now he knows wat he did now everbody knows now thanks for the posting of hes story its all true no lies every body knows now im glad hes a rat fink piss on wate he gets to 26 cook couty jail its coming soon are 4 gypey strike force knows now hes mug shot is every where a[[over thestates now he hangs out in elm wood pk and river grove with a gril he knows shes not to smart he drives a junk no monry any more hes broke

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