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November 21, 1989 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former accountant for the state Water Resources Control Board and his ex-wife have been arrested for allegedly stealing more than $5 million in state funds earmarked for the construction of sewage plants, authorities announced Monday. Louis Fowler, 35, was arrested Saturday in Mesa, Ariz., where he had been using the identity of William David Rice, a Sacramento man who died in an electrocution accident. Jill Baume, 26, Fowler's ex-wife, was arrested at her home in Citrus Heights near here.
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November 23, 1989 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The State Water Resources Control Board, which got stung for the theft of $5.1 million, ignored a warning in 1983 that office workers could steal money because of loose accounting controls, Department of Finance officials said Wednesday. The warning came just months after authorities now say that a water board accountant, Louis Fowler, began systematically looting a sewage bond fund account of $5.1 million.
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November 23, 1989 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The State Water Resources Control Board, which got stung for the theft of $5.1 million, ignored a warning in 1983 that office workers could steal money because of loose accounting controls, Department of Finance officials said Wednesday. The warning came just months after authorities now say that a water board accountant, Louis Fowler, began systematically looting a sewage bond fund account of $5.1 million.
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November 23, 1989 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The man accused of embezzling $5.1 million from the California Water Resources Control Board was a big spender and generous tipper during the four years he lived under an assumed name in this city near Phoenix, according to neighbors, vendors and police. Louis Wayne Fowler, 35, who went by the name William David Rice, would pay as much as $1,300 in a single night to women ordered from escort services, according to police investigation files.
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November 23, 1989 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The man accused of embezzling $5.1 million from the California Water Resources Control Board was a big spender and generous tipper during the four years he lived under an assumed name in this city near Phoenix, according to neighbors, vendors and police. Louis Wayne Fowler, 35, who went by the name William David Rice, would pay as much as $1,300 in a single night to women ordered from escort services, according to police investigation files.
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November 22, 1989 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK and DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
It took Louis Fowler less than five months to figure out how to get rich, authorities said Tuesday. Fowler had barely begun his job as an accountant for the State Water Resources Control Board when he set up a dummy water district and then transfered $4,400 to himself, an affidavit filed by investigators asserts. Ultimately, he embezzled $5.1 million, investigators charged, in a simple scheme to siphon off state funds meant for the construction of sewage treatment plants.
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November 22, 1989 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Why did it take until this year to discover that $5.1 million in bond funds had been stolen from the Water Resources Control Board between 1983 and 1985? The official explanation offered by the water agency is that former water board staff accountant Louis Fowler, 35, the man authorities have accused of stealing the money, knew the state's accounting system so well that he was able to expertly cover his tracks.
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November 22, 1989 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK and KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Louis Fowler, a former state accountant arrested for allegedly embezzling $5.1 million in state funds, was a bodybuilder and "ladies' man" who liked to come to work in shorts and muscle shirts, former co-workers recalled Tuesday. In January, 1983, less than five months after he began working for the state Water Resources Control Board, Fowler allegedly diverted the first $4,400 in what authorities said was a simple scheme to siphon off money intended for sewage treatment plants.
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November 22, 1989 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK and DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
It took Louis Fowler less than five months to figure out how to get rich, authorities said Tuesday. Fowler had barely begun his job as an accountant for the State Water Resources Control Board when he set up a dummy water district and then transfered $4,400 to himself, an affidavit filed by investigators asserts. Ultimately, he embezzled $5.1 million, investigators charged, in a simple scheme to siphon off state funds meant for the construction of sewage treatment plants.
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November 21, 1989 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former accountant for the state Water Resources Control Board and his ex-wife have been arrested for allegedly stealing more than $5 million in state funds earmarked for the construction of sewage plants, authorities announced Monday. Louis Fowler, 35, was arrested Saturday in Mesa, Ariz., where he had been using the identity of William David Rice, a Sacramento man who died in an electrocution accident. Jill Baume, 26, Fowler's ex-wife, was arrested at her home in Citrus Heights near here.
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