Former Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority CEO Rossi Ralenkotter struck a plea deal Monday in the high-profile criminal case tied to the misuse of Southwest Airlines gift cards bought by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. (MIchael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Former Las Vegas Visitors and Convention Authority CEO Rossi Ralenkotter appeared in Justice Court to face felony charges in the alleged theft of Southwest Airlines gift cards. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Police used grand jury subpoenas to obtain records in their investigation of Southwest Airline gift card misuse at the Las Vegas convention authority. Convention auditors uncovered that former CEO Rossi Ralenkotter used $17,000 in gift cards for personal travel. Former convention executive Brig Lawson used tax money to purchase the cards. Southwest Airlines initially couldn’t provide records to convention officials but airline executives had to respond to grand jury subpoenas.