LOS ANGELES: The US District Attorney's Office has responded to former Fleishman-Hillard LA GM Doug Dowie's request to admit results of a polygraph test in his upcoming fraud and conspiracy trial.Using its own experts and legal precedents, the office is calling the questions regarding fraudulent billing asked during the test "incurably vague." The court filings include a supporting statement from the unit chief of the FBI's polygraph division detailing possible flaws in the test, which Dowie voluntarily took in January.
The judge will rule whether to allow the polygraph results as evidence as early as this month.
Dowie and co-defendant John Stodder are facing wire fraud and conspiracy charges related to padding bills on work done by Fleishman for the LA Department of Water and Power. They are expected to go to trial in November.
The $3.5 million wrongful termination civil suit that Dowie filed against Fleishman also moved forward last week with his attorney taking depositions from the firm's CFO, Fred Rolfing, and financial executive, Mike Roth.