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Audit Finds Las Vegas Tourism Director Misused Travel Cards

LAS VEGAS (AP) — An audit indicates the head of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority used more than $17,000 in airline gift cards for personal travel that were given to the publicly funded agency.


The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports CEO Rossi Ralenkotter apologized at the agency's audit committee meeting Wednesday, saying he has paid back the amount and prohibited employees from using the cards for personal trips.

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The board's audit committee ordered a report into the use of the gift cards last year.


Auditors also found that board chairman Lawrence Weekly used nearly $700 in the gift cards for a trip with his daughter. Weekly also apologized to the committee.


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The audit report noted that the agency did not have rules prohibiting the use of the cards for personal travel.