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Police arrest former LVCVA executive amid gift card probe

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Posted at 8:01 PM, Mar 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-28 23:01:22-04

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police make arrest while a criminal investigation continues into the misuse of Southwest Airlines gift cards bought by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

Authorities reported Brig Lawson, the authority’s former director of business partnerships, was taken into custody.

He was booked on a felony theft charge and later released on a $10,000 bond, according to court records.

This comes as police executed a search warrant at the offices of the LVCVA as part of the investigation into misuse of airline gift cards.

The Review-Journal reports the police search Wednesday comes nine months after detectives visited the publicly funded agency to seize audit records that indicated staff took personal trips with the Southwest Airlines gift cards.

The audit last year found that agency hid the purchase of $90,000 in airline gift cards and did not properly track their use. Auditors also determined that more than $50,000 in cards were missing.

Authority CEO and President Steve Hill said in a statement that the agency is cooperating with all police requests, and they "look forward to a swift resolution of this matter."