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Electric Daisy Carnival producer indicted in Los Angeles corruption scandal


Steve Marcus

Kimberly Moore, Caitlin McGinley and Becca Wick of Portland, Ore., dance to the music of DJ Roger Sanchez during the Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Friday, June 24, 2011.

Fri, Mar 23, 2012 (3:22 p.m.)

The producer of the Electric Daisy Carnival, which last summer attracted about 200,000 fans to a rave at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, is one of six men indicted in a corruption scandal in California, the Los Angeles Times reports today.

Pasquale Rotella, CEO of Insomniac Events, which produces the Electric Daisy Carnival and other raves around the country, pleaded not guilty Friday in a California court to charges of conspiracy, bribery and embezzlement, according to the Los Angeles Weekly.

Rotella is one of six men snared in the corruption scandal, which revolves around the publicly owned Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

According to court documents, Rotella and another promoter, Reza Gerami, are accused of paying in excess of $1.8 million in private fees to a former Coliseum events manager, Todd DeStefano, to continue staging events they promoted at the stadium.

DeStefano, who was also indicted in the scandal, negotiated the contracts to favor the promoters, saving them at least $1 million, the court documents indicate.

Gerami is also a frequent performer at Las Vegas clubs, under the moniker DJ Reza.

Patrick Lynch, Antonio Estrada and Leopold Caudillo also were indicted in the scandal.

The Electric Daisy Carnival was staged in June 2011 for the first time in Las Vegas. Promoters estimated the event, which features the world’s top electronic dance musicians, generated a $136 million impact for the local economy.

Promoters announced in October they planned to bring the Electric Daisy Carnival back to Las Vegas again this summer.

The Electric Daisy Carnival was previously held at the Coliseum in Los Angeles, but left after facing scrutiny in the death of a 15-year-old girl at the event in 2010.

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  1. I know that the last Electric Daisy Carnival was overwhelmingly successful, but I have been down on record (on the LV Sun website) that this is going to end up being a catastrophe.

    It's still valid.

    And my justification was based upon calamities that happened in Los Angeles.

    I say this this is not gonna work.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm all for those who want to have fun with this stuff having fun, but I see that the people in charge of this have a clear record of money mongering and don't give a crap about Las Vegas, the welfare of the concert goers, nor public health. Their sole goal is moh money, moh money, moh money, moh money and they could care less if people die in the process.

    I guess all I'm saying is don't let these Los Angeles predators make money off of Las Vegas false beliefs of sex for nothing, prostitutes all over the place, drugs copiously handed out, rad music and an environment that promotes all of the above.

    What I'm saying is that these people are in it for the money. They could care less about your welfare. If you OD and end up immobilized for life? They could care less. They put this thing on in Las Vegas and you yahoos went for it hook, line and sinker.

    All I'm saying is pay attention. Don't let these knuckleheads make money off of you. And end up debilating you forever in the process. All so they can rack in the moolah.

  2. CORRUPTION is the new American way of life, have you not heard? It has become passively acceptable in American society because the corporations have seen to it that the LIBERTIES AND FREEDOMS guaranteed under the United States Constitution are carefully stripped from "human" US Citizens, using our own legal system! And the little guy USA Citizen hardly stands a chance of any recourse whatsoever.

    The beginning of the end was Homeland Security, then giving corporations personhood so they could further corrupt our own political system. All the while the sheepeople were waving their flags and parroting their favorite radio and television talk show heros. Our great country has been on a downward spiral since, with little hope of returning to the heights of power and Citizen empowerment.

    With any promotional event, let the buyer/participant beware. Citizens need to take responsibility of themselves, become informed, and live accordingly. Gone is the time of "being your brother's keeper." Public trust in any entity is forever gone. We all are simply taking our chances anymore. Luck of the draw that things go well and nothing negative happens. If things go well, you are blessed!

    You have a valid point, Colin. The Electric Daisy Carnival is a real plus for the Las Vegas economy and people really do need to take care.

    Blessings and Peace,

  3. Club and Rave promoters are scumbags. They're greedy, backstabbing people who get away with a ton of illegal activities. There's nothing surprising about this story.

  4. My brother played in traveling bands for the first 15 years out of high school, traveling across this country and up into Canada.

    He also played at the 'Silver Bird' Casino in Las Vegas for a month with in a production group called 'The Legends', and Elvis/Beatles review. His last event was a month in Japan, Kyoto and Tokyo playing an Elvis review in the late 1980s. The Japanese loved Elvis.

    He said the only time he was paid as promised and not charged for excessive production costs was in Japan. The only honest businessmen and agents in entertainment he had ever experienced were in Japan. I would translate this as 'the American agents are and were snakes'.

    The irony is that today, the Republicans want to put Corporate authority in place over the employee when it comes to moral, religion and medical decision making!!! The Republicans want to install Corporate officers to rule outside the Democracy.

    Corporations are also attempting to gain passwords of applicant's and employee's Facebook & Twitter accounts. The individual's morals are on to table for review, correction and rejection by the Corporate authority they never elected.

    I have to laugh at these hypocrites with their talk of bringing 'more Freedom' by exchanging Government for the Corporation. They want the new American Holy Book to be taken out of Corporate By-Laws and Executive power. When that happens, corruption will rule.