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Ex-Las Vegas Tourism Chief Takes Plea Deal In Misconduct Case

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The former longtime chief executive of Las Vegas' publicly funded tourism authority avoided felony charges by pleading no contest to a misdemeanor and paying a $1,000 fine.

Rossi Ralenkotter ended his involvement Monday in a case alleging agency misuse of tens of thousands of dollars in airline travel gift cards. His attorney says the 73-year-old Ralenkotter was treated harshly by prosecutors despite cooperating and agreeing to pay about $24,000 in ethics fines.

District Attorney Steve Wolfson called the plea agreement fairly typical and noted that Ralenkotter paid another $18,000 in restitution to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.