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Proviso Probe

Thursday, February 22, 2007

CRIME, Rocco Lombardo sentenced for tax fraud [MP]

Rocco Lombardo is the brother of Joey "The Clown" Lombardo. Rocco Lombardo recently pleaded guilty with fifteen others to a conspiracy to cheat on their taxes. They were low balling their revenue from Crazy Horse Too (photo from planet99.com). See Chicago Tribune (Ray Gibson).
In court filings, John Spilotro, the attorney for Rocco Lombardo, argued that a probation report linking him to his brother was unfair. He asked the court to delete a reference to Joey Lombardo as being the head of the Chicago Outfit and his arrest on the pending federal charges in Chicago.

BTW, is John Spilotro kin of Anthony "Tony the Ant" Spilotro?

"Your honor, it's completely unfair to suggest my client's business had anything to do with organized crime. Just because his brother is in organized crime and I, his lawyer, is related to a notorious organized crime figure, holding this against my client smacks of guilt by association."

So, what's the Proviso angle?
Rocco Lombardo, 71, was known as a body builder and health-food advocate, according to lawyers. He once operated a restaurant in Melrose Park called "Rocky's" and served as a floor manager at the Las Vegas club.

BTW, strip clubs are mostly cash businesses, right? How many strip clubs cheat the tax man? And how do the feds pick which strip clubs to investigate?

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  • Carl-

    I thought you might want to know that the Broadview Zoning Board is holding a hearing on Wednesday, February 28th at the village hall, 2350 S 25th Ave, about allowing a strip club with alcohol to operate 24/7 at 2850 Indian Joe Road, on the corner of Gardner and the Eisenhower - across the street from single family homes in Westchester.

    I figured you would be especially interested to know that the applicant is James Roche, Chris Welch's boss.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:10 PM, February 24, 2007  

  • I knew Rocky Lombardo very well. He was my Kung Fu Master in Chicago for 5 years. He is a very honorable man and asked his students to honest citizens. I am shocked to hear his brother was part of the mob, because Rocky was definitely a very well disciplined man, after all he is a Kung Fu Master.

    by Vince Cipresso

    By Blogger Vince, at 1:33 AM, March 02, 2007  

  • I worked a Crazy Horse Too and have a great memory. Rocco was the nicest manager. I agree with Vince Cipresso he was a "Kung Fu Master." Rocco was very fond of me and once he introduced me to his brother. Joe was very polite and frail in his old age. I enjoyed there company and hope that justice and life treat them as the gentlemen they are.....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:38 AM, January 31, 2008  

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