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Defendant no. 5 surrenders in Coliseum scandal, pleads not guilty

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A fifth defendant has surrendered in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum corruption scandal.

Leopold Caudillo Jr., who, according to his attorney, was on a personal trip to Russia when the indictment was issued, turned himself in to authorities on Thursday and pleaded not guilty to one count of criminal conflict of interest.

41-year-old Caudillo, a former technology manager at the Coliseum, is accused of directing thousands of dollars in venue business to a external firm he co-founded.

His parents posted his $20,000 bail. The District Attorney's office says Caudillo could face a three-year sentence if convicted.

On Wednesday, Patrick Lynch, the Coliseum's ex-general manager, pleaded guilty to conflict of interest charges in a deal to avoid a trial and possible lengthy prison sentence.

Only one of the six men charged last week remains at large.

Contractor Antonio (Tony) Estrada, is believed to be in Panama, say prosecutors, and it is not known whether or not he will voluntarily return to the U.S., reports the L.A. Times, who's investigation into Coliseum finances grew into the current legal case.

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