Rave Promoter, Events Manager Enter Pleas in L.A. Coliseum Corruption Case

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Defense attorneys and rave promoter Pasquale Rotella, center, share a light moment in court earlier this week when Rotella pleaded to a misdemeanor in the Coliseum corruption case. He was placed on three years’ probation and ordered to pay $150,000 to the county. (Credit: Mark Boster/ Los Angeles Times)

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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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