Rave producers indicted in Coliseum case may seek assets release

02 Apr

Los Angeles Coliseum

Four men indicted in the Coliseum corruption scandal are scheduled to make appearances at Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday morning for a bail hearing.

Some of the defendants are expected to request a reduction in bail. They include former Coliseum events manager Todd DeStefano, accused of receiving a bribe, conspiracy, and embezzlement; and prominent rave producers Pasquale Rotella and Reza Gerami, indicted on charges of bribery, embezzlement, and conspiracy. All three posted bail of $1.2 million after they were arrested.

Both Rotella and Gerami are expected to request that their assets be unfrozen by a judge.

FULL COVERAGE: L.A. Coliseum under scrutiny

A fourth man, ex-Coliseum technology manager Leopold Caudillo Jr., accused of directing more than $20,000 in government business to a company he controlled, surrendered to authorities Thursday after returning from Russia, and was released on $20,000 bail.

A fifth man, Tony Estrada, a former janitorial contractor accused of conspiring to embezzle Coliseum funds, is believed to be in Panama and prosecutors do not know if he intends to surrender.

The sixth defendant, Patrick Lynch, pleaded guilty to a single count of conflict of interest and as part of the plea deal will return the $385,000 in kickbacks he is accused of receiving from Estrada to the Coliseum Commission. Lynch, the former longtime general manager of the Coliseum, allegedly received the funds in return for arranging for a raise in Estrada’s janitorial contract.

The indictment was unsealed March 23 and capped a 13-month investigation by the district attorney’s office, triggered by Los Angeles Times reports on a corruption scandal involving millions of dollars in questionable transactions at one of the nation’s most storied stadiums.


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