Paying For MJ’s Memorial

A Los Angeles man wants Michael Jackson’s estate to pay Los Angeles $3.3 million to cover the expenses of the King of Pop’s memorial.

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Jose F. Vallejos filed a creditor’s claim today, saying that as a taxpayer he’s entitled to seek reimbursement.

In his filing, Vallejos claims Jackson’s estate benefited from the use of public resources and that such use amounts to an illegal gift of public funds.

The Associated Press reports Los Angeles paid millions “for police overtime and sanitation costs” for Jackson’s memorial, held at the AEG Live-owned Staples Center. Since then, city officials have been bickering for months as to how Los Angeles can recoup some of that money from AEG, but a resolution has yet to be reached.

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However, despite all the money spent for the memorial, there is an up side. A city report indicates many local businesses took in a total of about $4 million as a result of the July 7 event.

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