LA Coliseum Official Earned Credit Card Perks With Taxpayer Money

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The finance director of Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum used his personal credit card to pay for upgrades at the money-losing stadium, earning him enough reward points for first-class air travel and other perks.

The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday that Ronald Lederkramer’s Chase Visa card was charged for a $270,000 sound system at the taxpayer-owned coliseum.

Records show Lederakramer paid it off in installments with government checks that he and a lower-ranking employee signed.

In the process, the Times says, he earned roughly enough redeemable reward points for a week at the downtown Ritz-Carlton, two Bulova watches or a pair of first-class round-trip United Airlines tickets to London or Tokyo worth as much as $24,000.

What Lederkramer did with the points is unclear. But Controller Wendy Greuel tells the newspaper his actions violate the city’s procurement policy.

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