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Man Seeks $3.3 M from Jackson Estate

Eric Huggins, of Bakerfield, Calif., holds a Michael Jackson poster after signing a large poster at the Staples Center in Los Angeles , Monday, July 6, 2009, where the memorial service for pop star Michael Jackson will be held on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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A Los Angeles man is seeking $3.3 million for the city from Michael Jackson's estate to cover the cost of the King of Pop's public memorial.

Jose F. Vallejos filed a creditor's claim for the money on Wednesday, stating he is entitled to seek reimbursement of the memorial's public costs as a taxpayer.

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Los Angeles paid for police overtime and sanitation costs for the July memorial held at Staples Center.

Vallejos' petition claims the estate benefited from the use of public resources and that it amounted to an illegal gift of public funds. The filing states the money should be returned to the city treasury.

City leaders have wrangled for months with how to try to recoup some of the money from AEG Live, which owns the venue.