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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 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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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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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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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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June 10, 2005 | Ted Rohrlich and Ralph Frammolino, Times Staff Writers
Steve Sugerman, a public relations executive and former Los Angeles city official, agreed Thursday to plead guilty to participating in a scheme at Fleishman-Hillard to bilk the city of Los Angeles through phony billings to the Department of Water and Power. Federal prosecutors announced that Sugerman, 41, who served as director of communications for Mayor Richard Riordan, has also agreed to testify against Douglas R. Dowie, his former boss at the international public relations firm.
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