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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.

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3 more revealed in the LA Coliseum scandal

LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL COLISEUM

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The L.A. Memorial Coliseum scandal claims another three people after the indictment was unsealed Friday following yesterday's triple arrest, the L.A. Times reports.

Pasquale Rotella, a rave producer with Insomniac Inc. was named, as was former Coliseum technology manager Leopold Caudillo Jr. and ex-stadium contractor Tony Estrada.

Reza Gerami, Patrick Lynch, and Todd DeStefano were taken into custody Thursday.

 

The district attorney's office led a 13-month investigation prompted by a Times corruption report involving millions of dollars in questionable financial dealings.

The felony indictment accused former executives and concert promoters of an embezzlement scheme including consipiracy, bribery, side deals and various other conflicts of interest.

 

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