continued Paddison says he doesn't know when Gollin's relationship with Waring and his law firm ended or why: "Things change over time," he says. "Jim was helping Suzanne, helping her reestablish the worth of this [estate]. I believe Suzanne's [current] husband is a very financially astute guy." An administrator of the Angelica Foundation confirms that Waring is no longer providing services to the foundation but won't say more.
While he worked for Dalitz's daughter, records show that Waring, she, and others invested in various ventures. In the early 1990s, a group of speculators plunked money into something called UCLD Investors. The owners were Suzanne Dalitz Brown (now Gollin), two of her children, James Waring, and several members of the Ross, Dixon and Bell law firm, including Paddison, Roy Morrow Bell, and Van A. Tengberg, who is no longer with the firm. Bell and Tengberg did not return calls seeking comment. Paddison says he can't remember the nature of the UCLD investment.
Another Waring/Brown investment of the early 1990s was EMC Partners, owned primarily by the Suzanne Dalitz Brown trust and the Waring family trust. It is a shopping center in Escondido, according to Reza Paydar, who is the project's managing partner.
In late 1993, Waring and Brown invested in First National Bank, which had been founded by Malin Burnham. It is difficult to find whether they made money on this investment. The bank went through several recapitalizations and in 1996 was purchased by a group headed by a Mexico City banker. In 2002, Rancho Santa Fe's First Community Bancorp purchased First National. Matthew Wagner, president of First Community, says he does not know whether 1993 investors came out whole.
Another deal involving Waring and Brown harkened back to the days of Brown's father, Moe Dalitz.
According to a deed dated July 14, 1994, a group of investors, including Waring, Brown, Toni Lena Clark, and others, acquired interest in real estate on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles.
Who is Moe Dalitz? These days, devotees of the history of the Mob and Las Vegas are as likely to remember his front man, the late Wilbur Clark, whose widow's name is Toni. In the 1940s, Clark was a small-time saloon and card-room operator in San Diego. He decided to strike it rich in Vegas. For most of its existence, Vegas had been a festering collection of saloons and whorehouses and little else. Nevada legalized gambling in 1931, but most casinos were grimy joints. Then in 1946, Bugsy Siegel of New York's Bugs and Meyer Mob built the posh Flamingo, replete with golf course, gym, shops, and shooting range. Alas, Bugsy got fatally shot -- although not on his range (and not from the front).
Enter Wilbur Clark with grand ideas about building the Desert Inn. But he got into financial trouble. To the monetary rescue came Dalitz and other members of the notorious Mayfield Road Mob in Cleveland. In the early 1950s, Cleveland's safety director testified about Dalitz before the U.S. Senate's Kefauver Committee, which was investigating organized crime. He said that Dalitz was one of those on top of the bootlegging operation: "Ruthless beatings, unsolved murders and shakedowns, threats and bribery came to this community as a result of gangsters' rise to power," said the safety director.
In Ohio, Dalitz had legitimate businesses, such as laundries, and invested in railroads and steel companies in addition to his bootlegging and illegal gambling enterprises. When Prohibition ended in 1933, Dalitz opened illegal casinos in Ohio and Kentucky. According to John L. Smith of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Dalitz once quipped to a friend, "How was I to know those gambling joints were illegal? There were so many judges and politicians in them, I figured they had to be all right." A master of one-liners, he also told the Kefauver Committee, "If you people wouldn't have drunk it, I wouldn't have bootlegged it."
With financial help from Dalitz and the Mayfield Road Mob, the Desert Inn was completed in 1950. Clark, who died in 1965, was the glad-hander who mixed with the guests and fawned over the entertainers and other celebrities. Dalitz was the money and idea man in the back room. "The barren Strip [was] retooled after World War II by Dalitz and other mob financiers as a glitzy resort destination where golf, fine dining, and first-rate nightclub acts were on the same menu as hookers and gambling," wrote Timothy L. O'Brien in his 1998 book, Bad Bet: The Inside Story of the Glamour, Glitz, and Danger of America's Gambling Industry.
According to James Neff's book, Mobbed Up: Jackie Presser's High-Wire Life in the Teamsters, the Mafia, and the FBI, a 1978 Federal Bureau of Investigation memo stated, "The individual who oversees the La Cosa Nostra families in Las Vegas is Moe Dalitz. Dalitz makes certain that there is no cheating with regard to skim money taken out of the casinos and further, that there is no fighting among families for the control of the various casinos."
In its crudest form, skim money is cash that is smuggled out of the counting room and stashed somewhere -- perhaps in an offshore bank -- so that the Internal Revenue Service never sees it.
To build and buy casinos, Dalitz needed big capital. According to Neff, Dalitz initially turned to Lou Jacobs, who headed Buffalo's Emprise, which had concessions at racetrack and pro sports stadiums. Jacobs "had extensive ties to the Teamsters, the Mafia and Cleveland," wrote Neff. (Emprise's successor company, Delaware North, has the concessions at Petco Park and, despite its dubious past, was named by the state to take over and transform the successful operations of the Bazaar del Mundo. By most accounts, the conversion is doing poorly.)
Dalitz knew the Teamsters' Jimmy Hoffa from the laundry days. According to Neff, Dalitz had hired thugs to keep his laundry employees from unionizing. Hoffa got a payoff on the deal. Then came a flow of Teamsters' Central States money into casinos, often steered by Dalitz. Over time, Dalitz received more than $200 million of Teamster money, according to Dan E. Moldea, author of Interference: How Organized Crime Influences Professional Football.