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CALIFORNIA IN BRIEF : SACRAMENTO : Suspect in Theft of $5 Million Returned

January 03, 1990|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

An accountant accused of embezzling $5 million from the state was jailed in Sacramento after waiving extradition from Arizona, where he was arrested last month, Sacramento Dist. Atty. Steve White announced. Louis Fowler, 35, a former accountant for the state Department of Water Resources, is accused of creating a phony agency in 1985 named the "Sacramento Community Services District" and issuing a series of checks totaling $5 million to it for water treatment work. Fowler quit his state job and moved to Arizona before the alleged embezzlement scheme was discovered.

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