They do say to retire from work, but not from life. A NYPD cop who retired on disability tried to do just that and has now found himself charged with running multi-million dollar online prostitution rings.
Michael Rizzi retired from the NYPD in 2000 to live the fast life and formed a company called BJM/Manhattan Stakes and Entertainment. Eventually, allegedly Rizzi found himself operating dozens of escorts sites such as pureplaymates.com, perfect10club.com, flygirlsnyc.com, and nycescortsnyc.com where escort charges ranged from $400 to $2000 per hour.
According to the press release obtained by Gothamist, some customers spent more than $100,000 for services and Rizzi’s businesses accumulated more than $2 million in credit card payments alone between October 2012 and March 2016.
It’s being reported that Rizzi recruited potential working girls using a Yahoo Mail account where women interested in pandering for a living would fill out his forms.
He also demanded to meet potential escorts in person, explaining, “My girls make the most money, my clients are the wealthiest people in the world. I will never send a model I haven’t interviewed to them … been doing this 10 years never a problem.”
The complaint notes that Rizzi would give his escorts blank credit card slips for customers who paid by card (the escorts would also take pictures of the credit cards as well as the customer’s ID) and the escorts would tell customers the charge would appear on statements as “BJM.”
A client told an NYPD detective that he and two friends paid $25,000 for three escorts to have sex and cocaine (which the escorts provided).
DNAinfo reports that a source says “Rizzi is married to Jill Juliano, the daughter of Gambino crime family member Richard Juliano, whose older brother is Joseph (Sonny) Juliano, a powerful Brooklyn-based captain in that Mafia family.”
U.S. Attorney Robert Capers said, “The investigation and prosecution of money laundering offenses is a priority program of this Office. With this arrest, we continue to unmask organizations that launder millions of dollars through alleged criminal networks.” And Commissioner Bill Bratton said, “The anonymity of the internet stretches only so far. Today, Michael Rizzi’s alleged scheme of prostitution and money laundering is up.”
If history – and Hip-Hop – has taught us anything about the mack game, it’s that that pimping ain’t easy. But another thing that’s been proven is that pimpin’ ain’t sustainable.
If the game doesn’t get you then the law eventually will unless you become a rapper like Ice-T or a personality like Bishop Magic Don Juan. We doubt anyone’s interested in an old white pimp turned entertainer though. Then again Donald Trump proved otherwise.