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Prosecutors to review L.A. Coliseum official's employment with rave company

February 9, 2011 |  1:15 pm

Todd DeStefano, who was the commission’s longtime assistant general manager for events, began working for the rave company, Insomniac Inc., about two months before last year's Electric Daisy Carnival.

Prosecutors will investigate whether any laws were broken when a top official for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission helped plan and oversee security and emergency services for a huge rave while also working as a paid consultant for the company producing the event.

Coliseum Commissioner Rick Caruso, the lone critic on the commission of holding raves at the Coliseum.The Times reported Wednesday that Todd DeStefano, who was the commission's longtime assistant general manager for events, went to work for the rave producer about two months before last June's Electric Daisy Carnival, which was marred by numerous drug overdoses and the death of a 15-year-old girl.

A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said Wednesday that authorities there would investigate the circumstances surrounding DeStefano's double employment. He quit the commission's staff in January.

In an interview Wednesday, Coliseum Commissioner Rick Caruso called for the resignation of Patrick Lynch, the commission general manager who gave DeStefano permission to work for the company, Insomniac Inc.

"The Coliseum Commission was lied to by our staff about how the security for the raves was planned," Caruso said. "We have now learned the fox was guarding the hen house, since the staffer in charge of planning security was also secretly working for the rave organizer."

Telephone calls to DeStefano and Lynch for comment Wednesday were not immediately returned.


L.A. Coliseum official also worked for rave firm

-- Andrew Blankstein, Ron Lin and Paul Pringle

Photos: Top, Todd Stefano at a Los Angeles Coliseum Commission meeting on Feb. 2. Bottom, Rick Caruso at the same meeting. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times