LOS ANGELES: The trial of former Fleishman-Hillard executives Doug Dowie and John Stodder has been delayed for four months to give them more time to prepare a defense.
Dowie, former head of Fleishman's LA office, and Stodder, ex-senior VP, are facing wire fraud and conspiracy charges related to allegations that they padded bills on work done by Fleishman for the LA Department of Water & Power (DWP).
The trial had been scheduled to begin November 15. After hearing defense attorneys' arguments for an alternate court date, US District Judge Gary Feess ruled on Monday to postpone the start of the trial until March 14.
Prosecutors claim the DWP was overbilled by more than $300,000 between January 2000 and February 2004. Both Dowie and Stodder have pleaded not guilty.
Earlier this month, Feess barred Dowie from introducing the results of a self-administered polygraph test at his trial. A polygraph examiner concluded Dowie was telling the truth when he said that he did not know any of the DWP bills were fraudulent, according to defense documents.