In a creditor’s claim filed Wednesday, Jose F. Vallejos states he is entitled to seek reimbursement as a taxpayer.
Cash-strapped Los Angeles shelled out millions of dollars for police overtime and sanitation costs to cover the July memorial at Staples Center, which is owned by entertainment giant AEG Live. City leaders have wrangled for months over how to try to recoup some of the money from AEG Live, but no resolution has been reached, reports the Associated Press.
There were indications that the city recovered its losses after hosting the star-studded memorial broadcast around the world. A city report found the July 7 memorial was a $4 million boon for hotels, restaurants and other businesses.
Vallejos’ petition claims the estate benefited from the use of public resources that amounted to an illegal gift of public funds. The filing states the money should be returned to the city treasury.
The administrators of Jackson’s estate will have to decide on the merits of paying out claims.