September 3, 1987 |
A man who was the state's top drug-abuse official pleaded guilty to extortion charges Wednesday, a day after he showed up in court drunk. Walter Richard Atlee, 52, head of the drug abuse division of the state Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, admitted extorting $50,000 from one man and attempting to extort $15,000 from another in return for promises of licenses to operate methadone clinics. U.S. District Judge William J.
April 21, 1987
Federal agents arrested Walter Richard Atlee, assistant director of the state Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, on a federal warrant charging him with attempting to extort $50,000 from a Los Angeles physician who was seeking a state license to operate a methadone treatment clinic. FBI spokesman Jim Nielson said Atlee, 52, was taken into custody at the Glendale office of Dr.