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Corruption Probe
(2008-08-07)
(wgvu) - DETROIT (AP) - The former head of the city's downtown convention
center pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge related to receiving
nearly $100,000 in kickbacks from a contractor.
Lou Pavledes pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to
structuring - making a series of bank deposits of just less than
$10,000 to avoid triggering a report to the government.
Pavledes had been head of Cobo Center from 1996 to 2004. He
resigned as executive director of Pennsylvania's Allentown Symphony
Association, it said in a statement released Wednesday.
The U.S. attorney's office also has filed a charge against Karl
Kado, who had contracts for Cobo Center. He's accused of making
false statements on tax returns in 2003 and 2004.
Pavledes told the court the kickbacks he received came from
Kado.
A message seeking comment was left Thursday with Kado's
attorney, Christopher Andreoff.

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