A former events manager of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum agreed Friday to serve six months in jail and pay $500,000 in restitution to the county under a plea bargain with prosecutors that closes a chapter in the long-running corruption case.
Todd DeStefano — who was accused of accepting bribes, embezzlement and other crimes — pleaded no contest to a felony conflict of interest charge in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom .
At the same hearing, rave promoter Reza Gerami pleaded to a misdemeanor count of the same charge. As part of his deal with prosecutors, Gerami will avoid serving any time in jail, be placed on probation and pay $30,000 to the county.
The Coliseum case grew out of a 2011 Los Angeles Times investigation, which found that DeStefano, a government employee, received large payments from Gerami and another concert promoter, Pasquale Rotella, while overseeing their raves at the historic stadium and the companion L.A. Sports Arena. Rotella pleaded to a single misdemeanor on Thursday, agreed to pay $150,000 to the county and was placed on probation.
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