Fired CPA: Inglewood tampered with accounting books to lure an NFL team

A new stadium in Inglewood is projected to be ready by 2019. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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A former Inglewood city employee has filed a lawsuit alleging that she was fired by her former employer for blowing the whistle on a "pattern of financial and accounting irregularities" during the city’s attempt to lure an NFL team. Via Larry Altman of the Daily Breeeze:

The lawsuit alleges that the city was in poor financial shape, and that (via the L.A. Times) the city misappropriated funds from federal and state grants, as well as from money seized from federal crime enforcement operations.

"On a regular basis, the City, at the direction of Defendant Mayor Butts, violated the rules of the program by tapping into the Asset Forfeiture Fund to pay for unauthorized expenses, again because there was insufficient money in the General Fund to cover such expenses," the lawsuit states.

NFL team owners voted in January to move the Rams back to Los Angeles. A new stadium will be built on the site of the old Hollywood Park race track in Inglewood, and is projected to be ready in 2019.