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Former tourism official agrees to fines in gift card probe

July 12, 2019

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The former chief marketing officer of the Las Vegas tourism agency has agreed to pay $8,700 in fines for violations stemming from the personal use of the agency’s airline gift cards.

A review panel determined last month there was “credible evidence” for the Nevada Commission on Ethics to pursue a complaint against Cathy Tull, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Thursday.

Tull used $6,000 in Southwest Airlines gift cards on 18 flights that were mostly for relatives, authorities said. The gift cards were purchased by the publicly funded Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

The commission will consider next week approving the agreement with Tull.

“Tull’s actions constitute a single course of conduct resulting in one willful violation of the ethics law,” the agreement states.

Tull’s lawyer, Mike Pavlakis, did not respond to the newspaper’s request for comment.

Tull resigned from the agency in April amid investigations examining staffers’ misuse of $90,000 in gift cards the agency purchased between 2012 and 2017.

The commission also is investigating gift card by the agency’s former CEO, Rossi Ralenkotter.

Ralenkotter said he provided information to the commission but he has not heard back from them.

Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly, who chaired the agency’s board, agreed in January to pay $2,400 in fines for his use of the gift cards.


Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com

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