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By Kent Larsen

Former Partners Tried To Involve Local LDS Leaders In Dispute

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA -- Two former business partners, both LDS Church member, who couldn't resolve a dispute, even resorted to complaining about each other to local LDS leaders. Now, their dispute had become more public, as one of the two, Richard Lenz, who is executive director of the Huntridge Performing Arts Theatre, has filed a lawsuit against the other, Earl Leavitt, claiming that Leavitt and others "conspired to slander" Lenz and have him fired as executive director.

Lenz and Leavitt were partners in the video production company Impulse Studios, and were both heavily involved in Huntridge, a Las Vegas theatre being restored by the non-profit group. But a dispute developed between Lenz and Leavitt nearly a year ago, leading Leavitt to suddenly move the company and rename it "Dax Works," taking with him Lenz' share of the company. Leavitt also started making claims that Lenz misappropriated state funds meant to restore the theatre.

Leavitt says that Lenz "laundered" the funds through a third party that was supposed to repair the building's roof, and which purchased equipment from the Lenz-owned TLG/The Lenz Group. Leavitt has taken this claim to the Las Vegas Metro police division, but a spokesperson there said the case wasn't being pursued. "The case is closed until the information we requested to prove an actual embezzlement occurred has been provided by Leavitt. And he hasn't provided that information yet," said police detective Peter Dustin.

Lenz says that this claim is simply an attempt by Leavitt to get Lenz kicked off the Huntridge Theatre's board.

Huntridge director files defamation lawsuit against business partners
Las Vegas NV Sun 15Nov00 D2
By Grace Leong: Las Vegas Sun
Dispute erupts over membership on theatre board


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