Mob Figure Barred From Casinos
December 05, 1988|By Ronald Koziol.
Frank Rosenthal, the onetime Chicago bookmaker who was implicated but never charged with skimming millions of dollars from a once mob-controlled Las Vegas casino, has lost his attempt to keep his name out of Nevada`s infamous
Despite pleas that he was a ``choir boy`` compared to others in the state`s gambling industry, the Nevada Gaming Commission ruled after an 8-hour hearing last week that Rosenthal had developed a ``notorious and unsavory reputation.``
Rosenthal, 59, is banned from setting foot in any casino in Nevada. His name, photograph and background description will become part of Nevada`s book of excluded people, commonly known as the black book, which is distributed to security personnel at the state`s 400 casinos.
Besides his role as the $250,000-a-year manager of the Stardust Hotel Casino in the mid-1970s, Rosenthal hosted a popular celebrity interview television show.
He has been living in southern California and Florida since shortly after he survived a car bombing in a Las Vegas restaurant parking lot in October, 1982.
Rosenthal`s lawyer, Oscar Goodman, said he would appeal the ruling in the courts.
However, Anthony Spilotro, the Chicago mob`s overseer in Las Vegas who was slain more than two years ago, and Marshall Caifano, 74, who is serving a racketeering sentence in federal prison in Oxford, Wis., both were unsuccessful in challenging the black book law.
Rosenthal was the only person implicated as a recipient of money skimmed from a Las Vegas casino during the Kansas City, Mo., trial of six mob bosses, including three from Chicago. Skimming is the practice of removing money from a casino counting room before it is counted.
Former casino owner Carl Thomas, who also was recently placed in the black book, testified that skimming took place at five casinos during the 1970s. He said he once took $80,000 in cash from a counting room and gave it to Rosenthal, who authorities considered to be the Chicago mob`s emissary.