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September 22, 2004 | Tina Daunt, Times Staff Writer
Doug DOWIE is doing 90 on I-5, listening to an Allman Brothers CD in his black 2004 Jaguar. It's a weekday morning and one of his friends suggested that he make this trip, Los Angeles to San Francisco, for an overnight stay.
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February 17, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Former public relations executive Douglas R. Dowie, convicted in May of bilking the city out of $6 million, has sued to try to force former employer Fleishman-Hillard Inc. to pay his legal bills. Dowie alleges the firm withdrew a promise to pay his $3 million in legal fees after he was indicted, according to the suit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
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April 13, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
A former Fleishman-Hillard employee who testified she padded bills to the city on orders from her former bosses admitted Wednesday to making misstatements to investigators, but held firm to her basic story of fraud by the international public relations firm. Monique Moret, testifying under a grant of immunity, was pummeled over five hours of cross-examination by a lawyer for John Stodder, on trial in the overbilling scheme that cost taxpayers almost $6 million.
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January 9, 2007 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge on Monday delayed sentencing for former public relations executive Douglas R. Dowie, but not before making comments favorable to both sides in the fraud case. Dowie was convicted last fall of masterminding a long-running overbilling scheme that cost city taxpayers at least $6 million in unearned fees to public relations giant Fleishman-Hillard, whose local office he headed. Before joining the firm, Dowie was managing editor of the Daily News of Los Angeles.
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November 13, 2004 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
The former local manager for public relations firm Fleishman-Hillard denied in court papers Friday that he instructed workers to pad billings to the city of Los Angeles, as alleged in a lawsuit filed by the city attorney. Doug Dowie asked a Superior Court judge to dismiss the lawsuit against him, saying it "is clearly frivolous, clearly vexatious, and is brought solely for the purposes of harassment."
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July 23, 2004 | Steve Lopez
For two months of service recently, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power sent me a bill for $348. Why so steep? It's not like they're pumping Perrier through the pipes. The back of the bill said if I had questions, I could call and speak to a supervisor. How about if I just ask the questions right here? Any chance I can get a rebate? The DWP has 23 people on its public relations staff, but the agency was paying $3 million a year to a private company for public relations.
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October 20, 2005 | From Times Staff Reports
A former executive with Fleishman-Hillard has sued the public relations firm, seeking to have the company pay "substantial" legal bills he has incurred fighting charges that he directed employees to pad bills to the city of Los Angeles. Douglas R.
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August 19, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
A lawyer for Douglas R. Dowie, the former public relations executive accused of bilking the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power out of thousands of dollars in a bill-padding scheme, sought permission Thursday to introduce the results of a privately administered polygraph test at his client's upcoming trial. U.S. District Judge Gary A. Feess set a Sept. 26 hearing to consider the motion by Dowie's defense lawyer, Tom Holliday.
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April 5, 2006 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
The first criminal trial arising from the ongoing "pay-to-play" investigation into Los Angeles city contracting opened Tuesday with dozens of prospective jurors completing questionnaires. Twelve of those panelists will eventually decide the fate of two former public relations executives accused of conspiring to overbill the city a total of about $325,000 in 2000, 2002 and 2003. Douglas R. Dowie, once a political fundraiser and confidant of former Mayor James K.
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January 9, 2007 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge on Monday delayed sentencing for former public relations executive Douglas R. Dowie, but not before making comments favorable to both sides in the fraud case. Dowie was convicted last fall of masterminding a long-running overbilling scheme that cost city taxpayers at least $6 million in unearned fees to public relations giant Fleishman-Hillard, whose local office he headed. Before joining the firm, Dowie was managing editor of the Daily News of Los Angeles.
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October 3, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
Douglas Dowie, the former public relations executive whose criminal case helped tar the administration of former Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn, owes his lawyers almost $3 million. They were in court Monday, trying one more time to save Dowie from a stiff prison term next month and maybe shake loose payment for services rendered too.
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May 9, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
As jurors deliberate criminal charges against former public relations executive Douglas Dowie, a federal judge threw the one-time Los Angeles political power broker out of civil court Monday after he failed to prove that he was fired improperly. The tentative decision by U.S. District Judge Margaret M. Morrow was a blow to Dowie, now being tried on criminal conspiracy and fraud charges of overbilling Los Angeles on behalf of his then-employer, Fleishman-Hillard Inc.
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May 3, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
Douglas R. Dowie, a political power-broker and one-time editor of the Daily News, rested his case Tuesday without calling any witnesses to refute charges that he and a top aide at Fleishman-Hillard Inc. public relations giant conspired to defraud city taxpayers by overbilling the Department of Water and Power. The surprise ending means that neither Dowie nor co-defendant John Stodder will testify. Stodder called two witnesses, and his lawyer said he would rest his case today.
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April 13, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
A former Fleishman-Hillard employee who testified she padded bills to the city on orders from her former bosses admitted Wednesday to making misstatements to investigators, but held firm to her basic story of fraud by the international public relations firm. Monique Moret, testifying under a grant of immunity, was pummeled over five hours of cross-examination by a lawyer for John Stodder, on trial in the overbilling scheme that cost taxpayers almost $6 million.
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April 5, 2006 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
The first criminal trial arising from the ongoing "pay-to-play" investigation into Los Angeles city contracting opened Tuesday with dozens of prospective jurors completing questionnaires. Twelve of those panelists will eventually decide the fate of two former public relations executives accused of conspiring to overbill the city a total of about $325,000 in 2000, 2002 and 2003. Douglas R. Dowie, once a political fundraiser and confidant of former Mayor James K.
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October 20, 2005 | From Times Staff Reports
A former executive with Fleishman-Hillard has sued the public relations firm, seeking to have the company pay "substantial" legal bills he has incurred fighting charges that he directed employees to pad bills to the city of Los Angeles. Douglas R.
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September 29, 2005 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
Former public relations executive Douglas Dowie is scheduled to go on trial soon in federal court on charges of padding bills sent to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power under his firm's $3-million-a-year contract.
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May 3, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
Douglas R. Dowie, a political power-broker and one-time editor of the Daily News, rested his case Tuesday without calling any witnesses to refute charges that he and a top aide at Fleishman-Hillard Inc. public relations giant conspired to defraud city taxpayers by overbilling the Department of Water and Power. The surprise ending means that neither Dowie nor co-defendant John Stodder will testify. Stodder called two witnesses, and his lawyer said he would rest his case today.
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October 14, 2005 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
Former public relations executive Douglas R. Dowie will not be allowed to introduce the results of a privately administered polygraph test at his upcoming trial on charges of padding bills to the Department of Water and Power, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Gary A. Feess said that if Dowie "wants to present his side ... he is free to do so by taking the stand and testifying at trial, at which time he will be subject like all other witnesses to cross-examination."
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September 29, 2005 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
Former public relations executive Douglas Dowie is scheduled to go on trial soon in federal court on charges of padding bills sent to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power under his firm's $3-million-a-year contract.
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