LAS VEGAS - - A
local "strip club" manager has been indicted on federal racketeering
and tax charges, and for making false statements to the Grand Jury,
announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District
of Nevada, Ellen B. Knowlton, Special Agent-in-Charge of the FBI for
Nevada, Erick Martinez, Special Agent-in-Charge of IRS Criminal
Investigation for Nevada, and Clark County Sheriff Bill Young of the
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
Indictment returned yesterday and unsealed today, ROBERT D'APICE,
age 50, of Las Vegas, is charged with one count of Participating in
an Enterprise Through a Pattern of Racketeering Activity and four
counts of False Statement Before Grand Jury. A co-defendant, PAULA
MCBRIDE, age 27, of Henderson, is charged with two counts of False
Statement Before Grand Jury. A second Indictment, returned January
11, 2005, and unsealed today, charges D'APICE and NICOLE LEE RUBINO,
of Las Vegas, with Tax Evasion.
convicted, D'APICE is facing up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000
fine on the racketeering charges, and D'APICE, MCBRIDE, and RUBINO
face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each of the
false statements and the tax evasion charges.
to the racketeering Indictment, The Power Company, Inc., doing
business as The Crazy Horse Too (hereinafter, the Crazy Horse) a
"gentleman's club" or "strip club" in Las Vegas, constituted a
racketeering "enterprise" as defined under federal racketeering
Indictment alleges that from approximately 1997, ROBERT D'APICE,
worked as a shift manager at the Crazy Horse. Patrons of the Crazy
Horse paid dancers to perform semi-nude or topless dances for them.
Up to 400 dancers worked a particular shift at the Crazy Horse,
earning $100 to $2,000 per shift. Dancers collected payments from
the patrons, and were required to pay 15 percent of their earnings
to the business. If a patron refused to pay a dancer, or if a patron
disputed charges claimed by a dancer, dancers contacted the shift
manager or other male employees at the Crazy Horse.
on the patron and other circumstances, the shift manager or other
male employees allegedly sought to extort or rob payment from
patrons through either threats of violence or actual violence. The
shift manager and other male employees also allegedly intimidated
patrons and committed acts of violence against them in order to
promote an atmosphere of fear and respect and to discourage the
patrons from disputing charges or questioning management.
Indictment alleges that D'APICE committed the following racketeering
On or about
September 20, 2001, extortion and robbery against K.H.;
On or about
January 28, 2001, extortion, robbery and kidnaping against B.K. and
On or about
December 29, 2000, extortion and robbery against R.N.;
On or about
August 14, 2000, extortion and robbery against J.B.;
On or about
April 4, 2000, extortion and robbery against A.S.
Indictment further states that from about August 2001 to present,
Special Federal Grand Juries for the District of Nevada have been
investigating the activities of D'APICE, the Crazy Horse, and its
associates concerning possible violations of federal racketeering,
fraud, illegal sexual activity, and drug statutes. The investigation
includes D'APICE'S alleged use of extortion to collect monies from
patrons, using women from outside Nevada to engage in prostitution,
and the distribution of narcotics inside the CRAZY HORSE.
Indictment alleges that D'APICE testified falsely under oath before
the Special Grand Jury on January 28, 2003. It alleges that D'APICE
denied touching or assaulting Henry in front of the Crazy Horse on
September 20, 2001; denied detaining, threatening, and intimidating
customers to get them to pay their disputed charges; and denied
having more than two physical altercations with patrons of the Crazy
Horse during his employment there, knowing that these statements
Indictment also alleges that on August 27, 2002, PAULA McBRIDE, a
former cocktail waitress at the Crazy Horse, testified falsely under
oath before the Special Grand Jury by stating that she had not
observed victim Kirk Henry exit the Crazy Horse with D'APICE on
September 20, 2001, and by denying that she had reported to FBI
Agents on August 20, 2002, that she had seen D'APICE near Kirk Henry
on September 20, 2001.
evasion indictment alleges that from approximately April 15, 1997,
through December 2004, ROBERT D'APICE and NICOLE LEE RUBINO
willfully attempted to evade and defeat the payment of at least
$40,000 in taxes owed by D'APICE for the calendar years 1996 through
2002, by titling assets in the names of nominees; filing false
individual income tax returns; providing false financial information
to the IRS; and frequently using cash to make purchases and pay
McBRIDE were arrested without incident today, and an arrest warrant
is pending for defendant RUBINO. All three will be scheduled for
initial appearance hearings and arraignments in the immediate future
before U.S. Magistrate Judge Johnston.
is being investigated by Special Agents with the FBI and IRS
Criminal Investigation and Officers/Detectives with the Las Vegas
Metropolitan Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant
United States Attorneys Eric Johnson and Timothy Vasquez.
is reminded that an indictment contains only charges and is not
evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent and entitled
to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving
guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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