Busting the Skim: The Case That Crippled the Mob in Las Vegas
Date: April 8, 2021
Time: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Cost: Free for Museum Members or with Museum AdmissionWatch
For decades, the Mob skimmed untaxed income from Las Vegas casinos, enriching crime syndicates across the country. In 1986, David Helfrey, chief of the Justice Department`s Organized Crime Strike Force in Kansas City, spearheaded the prosecution of several Midwestern Mafia bosses accused of skimming from the Stardust and Fremont casinos. Helfrey will provide insights into the high-profile case that inspired the movie Casino.
This program will take place in The Mob Museum’s Historic Courtroom. In-person tickets are now sold out. Reservations are not needed to join this program’s livestream.
David Helfrey has more than 30 years of experience in litigation. He served in the United States Army, JAGC, as a defense counsel; prosecuting attorney; and Military Judge presiding over numerous trials. While in the Republic of Korea he was an instructor of business law for the University of Maryland. Upon discharge from the Army he joined the United States Department of Justice's Kansas City Strike Force against organized crime, becoming the attorney in charge of the Strike Force in 1980. His final prosecution of the Mafia leaders of the Kansas City, Chicago, Cleveland and Milwaukee families for offenses related to the unlawful control of and "skimming" from various Las Vegas casinos was made into a major motion picture entitled "Casino." Since leaving the Department of Justice, Mr. Helfrey has developed extensive experience in intellectual property litigation. Currently, he is engaged in presenting seminars to various companies and governmental agencies in the People's Republic of China on corporate, banking and intellectual property matters of concern in China. Although based in St. Louis, Mr. Helfrey represents clients in various Federal and State Courts throughout the United States. He has been involved in over 1500 cases throughout his career.