More Pleading In LA Coliseum Case

The former events manager for the landmark Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum has pleaded no contest to a conflict of interest charge in a $1.8 million kickback and bribery scheme.


City News Service says Todd DeStefano entered the plea Friday. He’s expected to receive a six-month jail sentence and to pay $500,000 in restitution.

A rave music festival promoter, Reza Gerami, also pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge and was immediately sentenced to probation.

Prosecutors had filed more serious charges against the men, alleging that they were part of a scheme in which music promoters paid kickbacks and bribes in exchange for receiving Coliseum contracts at cut-rate prices.

Another promoter, Pasquale Rotella, got probation on Thursday for conflict of interest and former Coliseum general manager Patrick Lynch is awaiting sentencing.