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January 14, 1992 | GEORGE FRANK and LISA MASCARO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Utilities Director Robert J. Dixon, a city official for 17 years, was arrested in City Hall on Monday for allegedly embezzling $60,000 from a municipal project. Dixon, 47, a veteran administrator, allegedly cashed checks that he had the city write to pay non-existent property owners for underground easements as part of a $3-million drinking water project, police said. "It is almost unbelievable," Mayor Phil Sansone said. "It's shocking." Police Sgt.
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September 10, 2000 | NOAKI SCHWARTZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
There was a time when Robert J. Dixon bought shirts and scarves by the armload, jetted to New York City for ballet performances and dazzled his City Hall colleagues with his connoisseur tastes. His trilevel in Huntington Beach was awash in opulence. There were $3,000 suits, jewel-encrusted accessories, top-of-the-line steamer trunks and pricey artwork, even a Robert Maplethorpe photogravure titled "A Season in Hell." Then came his arrest, his conviction, his prison stint.
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September 10, 2000 | NOAKI SCHWARTZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
There was a time when Robert J. Dixon bought shirts and scarves by the armload, jetted to New York City for ballet performances and dazzled his City Hall colleagues with his connoisseur tastes. His trilevel in Huntington Beach was awash in opulence. There were $3,000 suits, jewel-encrusted accessories, top-of-the-line steamer trunks and pricey artwork, even a Robert Maplethorpe photogravure titled "A Season in Hell." Then came his arrest, his conviction, his prison stint.
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October 7, 1994 | HOLLY J. WAGNER
The city of Newport Beach cannot recover money from the troubled Bank of Newport for checks that former city Utilities Director Robert J. Dixon wrote and the bank honored, a state appellate court has ruled. The court ruled that the district was "better able to prevent the success of such frauds than the bank" and that the fraudulent checks might have been difficult if not practically impossible to detect for the banking institution, Justice Edward J.
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February 15, 1992 | LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A second count of felony embezzlement has been filed against Robert J. Dixon, the former utilities director accused of embezzling $1.8 million from the city. Dixon pleaded not guilty to both counts during a pretrial hearing Friday before Judge Susanne S. Shaw at Harbor Municipal Court. The additional count raises to seven years the maximum sentence Dixon faces if convicted. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for March 5.
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January 3, 1993
It was with great indignation that I read Dana Parsons' biased and insulting column about Newport Beach ("Newport Beach Philosopher Watches Sick City Implode," Dec. 18). Whoever the so-called "philosopher" was who named us a city of liars is not only prejudiced but also deluded. I certainly am not privileged enough to have either extra luxury cars in my garage or a million-dollar yacht that I sail twice a year. The fact is that we live in an exclusive neighborhood in Newport Beach (where we worked to earn a home)
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July 8, 1992 | BILL BILLITER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an attempt to recover some of the $1.8 million embezzled by former city employee Robert J. Dixon, Newport Beach is suing banks and credit card companies that allegedly did business with him. In a civil suit filed Monday, attorneys for Newport Beach charge that the banks and credit card companies were negligent in not catching checks he forged. The suit says those institutions "owed a duty . . .
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March 6, 1992 | LILY DIZON
Former Newport Beach utilities director Robert J. Dixon waived his rights to a preliminary hearing Thursday and was ordered to stand trial on charges that he embezzled nearly $2 million from the city. Defense attorney Stephan A. DeSales said in an interview Thursday that he and his client decided to bypass the preliminary hearing to speed up the court procedures. Municipal Judge Susanne S. Shaw scheduled Dixon's arraignment for March 17.
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October 7, 1994 | HOLLY J. WAGNER
The city of Newport Beach cannot recover money from the troubled Bank of Newport for checks that former city Utilities Director Robert J. Dixon wrote and the bank honored, a state appellate court has ruled. The court ruled that the district was "better able to prevent the success of such frauds than the bank" and that the fraudulent checks might have been difficult if not practically impossible to detect for the banking institution, Justice Edward J.
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June 20, 1992 | LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Superior Court judge Friday sentenced a former Newport Beach utilities director to four years in prison for embezzling more than $1.8 million to help finance what his attorney called an opulent fantasy life. Speaking out for the first time since he was arrested in January, Robert J. Dixon, 48, claimed full responsibility for the theft and said he was ashamed of his deeds. "Every day the knowledge of what I've done . . .
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January 3, 1993
It was with great indignation that I read Dana Parsons' biased and insulting column about Newport Beach ("Newport Beach Philosopher Watches Sick City Implode," Dec. 18). Whoever the so-called "philosopher" was who named us a city of liars is not only prejudiced but also deluded. I certainly am not privileged enough to have either extra luxury cars in my garage or a million-dollar yacht that I sail twice a year. The fact is that we live in an exclusive neighborhood in Newport Beach (where we worked to earn a home)
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November 17, 1992 | SHELBY GRAD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
To many, Robert J. Dixon was a thief motivated by greed, who plundered $1.8 million from Newport Beach while he was the city's utility director. But to the art experts gathered Monday at a swank Sunset Strip auction house to bid on Dixon's extensive art collection, the 48-year-old admitted embezzler is something of a romantic figure lured into crime by a deep love for fine photographs. "This was a passion for him. He was very sincere about his art.
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November 2, 1992 | NANCY WRIDE and DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Betty Seamans has seen her share of characters drift through her 24-hour coin-operated laundry, from the downtrodden to the rich who bring their Armani shirts in chauffeur-driven limos. She has found homeless people in dryers and naked women waiting for their clothes to dry. It takes a lot to shock this queen of "Fluff and Fold," who offers such philosophic tidbits as, "Laundry's a great common denominator; everyone needs clean clothes whether they do it on a rock by the river, or I do it."
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November 1, 1992 | NANCY WRIDE and DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Betty Seamans has seen her share of dirt and character drift by this 24-hour coin-op laundry in West Newport, from the low-down to the rich guys who bring her their Armani shirts in chauffeur-driven limos. She's found the homeless in dryers and naked women waiting for their clothes to dry. "Forget the front page," she says, patting down stray silver hairs from her simple bun. "Spend three weeks in here!"
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July 8, 1992 | BILL BILLITER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an attempt to recover some of the $1.8 million embezzled by former city employee Robert J. Dixon, Newport Beach is suing banks and credit card companies that allegedly did business with him. In a civil suit filed Monday, attorneys for Newport Beach charge that the banks and credit card companies were negligent in not catching checks he forged. The suit says those institutions "owed a duty . . .
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June 26, 1992 | LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In retrospect, Robert J. Dixon says, it seems as if he has been on the lam forever. First he ran from the dark childhood memories of being excessively controlled by his parents. Later, he tried to put behind him the public disgrace of having been caught stealing $87,000 from Georgetown University. Then, for 10 years as a trusted and well-liked employee for Newport Beach, he plundered the city's treasury--all the while fearing that his past and present would one day collide.
NEWS
February 1, 1992 | BILL BILLITER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former utilities director Robert J. Dixon on Friday pleaded not guilty to embezzling up to $1.8 million in city money. His attorney, Stephan A. DeSales, told reporters that Dixon's "psychiatric condition" would be a major point in defending him. Dixon, 47, is accused of diverting Newport Beach funds to his private use. He has been held in the Orange County Jail since his arrest Jan. 13. Looking pale and haggard, Dixon briefly appeared before Harbor Municipal Judge Susanne S.
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May 24, 1992
In reports of the embezzlement of $1.8 million from the city of Newport Beach by Robert J. Dixon, I have read opinions of him voiced by city officials, psychologists and lawyers ("Ex-Newport Official Admits Embezzlement," April 22). This is the opinion of a citizen-taxpayer. He is a smart, clever, convincing, and for 17 years, a highly successful career criminal. In 1972 he was convicted of embezzling $83,000 from Georgetown University. He was hired two years later by City Manager Robert L. Wynn, whom Dixon told of his criminal conviction.
NEWS
June 20, 1992 | LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Superior Court judge Friday sentenced a former Newport Beach utilities director to four years in prison for embezzling more than $1.8 million to help finance what his attorney called an opulent fantasy life. Speaking out for the first time since he was arrested in January, Robert J. Dixon, 48, claimed full responsibility for the theft and said he was ashamed of his deeds. "Every day the knowledge of what I've done . . .
NEWS
June 20, 1992 | LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Superior Court judge Friday sentenced a former utilities director of Newport Beach to four years in prison for embezzling more than $1.8 million from the city to help finance what his attorney called an opulent "fantasy life." Speaking out for the first time since he was arrested in January, Robert J. Dixon, 48, claimed full responsibility for the embezzlement and said he is "ashamed" of his action. "Every day, the knowledge of what I've done . . .
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