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April 28, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
A former Fleishman-Hillard executive who once served as one of then-Mayor Richard Riordan's top aides told federal jurors Thursday that he personally falsified public relations billings to the city Department of Water and Power. Steven Sugerman said he billed falsely for the international public relations giant, and instructed subordinates to do the same, at the direction of his boss, Douglas Dowie, who himself was once a confidant of former Mayor James K. Hahn.
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April 27, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
The man who first confronted public relations giant Fleishman-Hillard Inc. about allegedly bilking clients testified that he falsified billings at the direction of superiors who are now on trial for criminal conspiracy and fraud. Fred Muir, a former Times reporter and editor, testified that he quit his job at the corporation's Los Angeles office in protest over the alleged fraud, for which the company has refunded the city of Los Angeles more than $6 million.
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April 19, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge declared a former city official hostile to prosecutors Tuesday, an unusual move that gives them more freedom to question him about overbilling by one of the nation's largest public relations firms. The testimony of Eric Moses, a top aide to former Mayor Richard Riordan and once a writer for the Los Angeles Daily News, drew the ire of U.S. District Judge Gary A. Feess, who is presiding over the trial.
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April 15, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
A second worker has identified Fleishman-Hillard Inc. executive John Stodder as the man who issued instructions to falsify public relations billings to the city, a federal jury was told Friday. Candice Campbell, who worked in the international public relations firm's Los Angeles office for 10 years, testified Friday against Stodder and his former boss, Douglas Dowie, who are on trial for conspiracy and fraud.
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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 12, 2006 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
A former Fleishman-Hillard vice president testified Tuesday that she padded the public relations firm's bills to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power by as much as $50,000 a month. Monique Moret, who is testifying under a promise of immunity from prosecution, told jurors that she acted at the direction of her boss, John Stodder, who told her that the orders came from Douglas Dowie, the Los Angeles office's general manager. Why? Assistant U.S. Atty. Adam Kamenstein asked Moret.
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April 8, 2006 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
One martini was all it took. Slipped into a $300,000 bill from a public relations firm with close ties to Mayor James K. Hahn, the cocktail, imbibed by Hahn deputy Troy Edwards, didn't pass Department of Water and Power employee Randy S. Howard's smell test, he testified Friday. He refused to approve paying for the drink, and was moved out of his job as DWP director of corporate communications.
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April 7, 2006 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
Two former public relations executives "lied and stole" from clients, including the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, padding their bills with thousands of hours never worked, a federal prosecutor alleged Thursday. "It is not a complicated case," Assistant U.S. Atty. Cheryl Murphy told jurors in her opening statement. "It's third-grade math and first-grade morals." Douglas R. Dowie, once a political fundraiser and confidant of former Mayor James K.
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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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April 3, 2006 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
Two former public relations executives are to go on trial Tuesday on federal charges of conspiring to pad their bills to the city of Los Angeles, bilking taxpayers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. The case is the first criminal prosecution in an ongoing joint state and federal "pay-to-play" investigation into accusations that local politicians traded city contracts for campaign contributions.
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