In the end, Vinny Faraci wound up stuck with the check.
Back in 2007, Faraci appeared to have caught a substantial break when he agreed to plead guilty to a simple tax conspiracy charge in connection with his time as a shift manager at Rick Rizzolo’s notorious Crazy Horse Too topless club on Industrial Road.
Considering the Bonanno crime family member was a central figure in all the violence and other criminal activity at the club, that was quite a break. Faraci agreed to a 10-month sentence, half of which he was allowed to spend at his handsome home.
But the best part of all: His attorney David Chesnoff crafted a settlement that excluded any references to his client’s organized crime status. Although the FBI and other law enforcement sources considered Faraci a member in more or less good standing with the Bonanno family — his father, “Johnny Green” Faraci, was a legendary New York loan shark — down at U.S. District Court Vinny was just another guy with a tax problem.
Make that a tax “conspiracy” problem.
Upon release, Faraci returned to New York and helped open and manage a popular Brooklyn nightspot, Jaguars 3. Not surprisingly, Jaguars 3 has been the subject of intense law enforcement scrutiny. It figures into a major federal drug smuggling case with connections to the Hells Angels.
You don’t suppose Faraci was familiar with any of the outlaw motorcycle club’s members when he lived in Las Vegas, do you?
Although this week’s guilty plea in Senior U.S. District Judge Lloyd George’s courtroom to filing a false 2006 tax return might look like another relatively small matter, it gives the 58-year-old Faraci a second felony conviction in recent years. Faraci admitted he failed to report $134,904 in income from the Crazy Horse Too and also admitted he owed $46,869 in additional taxes.
If, for the sake of discussion, Faraci were to be the target of further law enforcement scrutiny and that investigation found even more criminal behavior, suddenly the second tax conviction takes on greater weight in the federal system.
Do you suppose that’s something Faraci will be thinking about in the weeks leading up to his scheduled Oct. 28 sentencing date?
Either way, Faraci finds himself stuck with the check.
CRAZY PHIL: For those of us who have tracked former mob lawyer Oscar Goodman’s career through the years, the prospect of former client “Crazy Phil” Leonetti writing a mobster tell-all book was pretty juicy. After all, the former underboss of Philadelphia’s Scarfo mob figured to have a lot of intriguing tales to tell.
But would he tell any on Goodman, who represented him for several years?
Leonetti eventually was convicted, and then did what all mafia killers do these days: He became a government informant and traded information like a get-out-of-jail credit card.
I picked up a copy of “Mafia Prince” and quickly turned to the index. Goodman’s name was listed just twice.
Leonetti writes, “I was meeting a couple times a week with (Philly mob attorney) Bobby Simone, and Bobby introduced me to a lawyer friend named Oscar Goodman from Las Vegas. Bobby told me, ‘Oscar’s one of the best lawyers in the country. If you get arrested, I want him sitting next to you.’”
Wait a minute. That’s it?
What about the good dirt? What about a wicked poke in the eye to his former mouthpiece?
That’s not a tell all. That’s an advertisement.
GOOD DOGS: Those animal lovers who have been weighing in at length about the fate of Onion the dog could put their energies to better use by helping Marleen Szalay with her Adopt A Rescue Pet program. Her group manages to care for more than 200 dogs through donations of everything from dollars and kibble to veterinarian services.
The charity presents dogs for adoption each weekend at these PetSmart locations: 2140 N. Rainbow Blvd, 6980 N. Fifth Street, and 171 N. Nellis Blvd.
And she’s always in need of assistance. Reach Szalay at 702-349-2183.
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