A criminal investigation should examine the mishandling of $90,000 worth of Southwest Airlines gift cards secretly purchased by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, local lawyers said.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is facing a growing scandal after a report released Friday showed that auditors could not account for more than $50,000 in Southwest Airlines gift cards bought by the agency.
Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority CEO Rossi Ralenkotter is preparing to retire, a close friend of Ralenkotter’s hastold the Review-Journal.
An audit last month found that CEO Rossi Ralenkotter used $17,152 in Southwest Airlines cards for personal travel and Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly, who chairs the board, also used $699 in cards for a trip.
Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority executives, directors and contractors responded to a Review-Journal investigation last year by downplaying questions about agency spending and the independence of its board and planning aggressive damage control, emails show.
Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority board members would be allowed to accept no more than $400 in gifts and one agency-sponsored trip annually under changes proposed Monday in response to a Review-Journal investigation.
An external auditor will make recommendations next month on how to rein in gifts and travel at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority after a Review-Journal investigation into excessive spending.
Assembly Republicans received instructions Wednesday not to talk to the Las Vegas Review-Journal about its investigation of lavish spending by the publicly funded Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.