09 OCT 2019: Following the arrest of three former agency executives, including its retired chief executive, Rossi Ralenkotter, the Board of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority voted to tighten ethics rules and is tightening restrictions on travel and banning members from accepting gifts.

Ralenkotter and the executives are accused of theft of $90,000 in airline gift cards purchased with tax dollars between 2012 and 2017.

The board includes eight local elected officials and six business and casino executives. It oversees an agency with a US $251 million annual operating budget, funded mostly with hotel room taxes.

Board Chairman Larry Brown says that from now on, the board and the agency executive have to sign off on agency travel spending.


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