LOS ANGELES: Attorneys for ex-Fleishman-Hillard executive Doug Dowie have asked that a lie-detector test be admitted as evidence in his upcoming fraud and conspiracy trial.
Dowie and co-defendant John Stodder are facing trial for padding bills by by $300,000 on work done by Fleishman for the LA Department of Water and Power (DWP).
Dowie took a privately administered polygraph test in January, during which he was asked two questions about his knowledge of the overbilling. He denied knowledge of it both times. Experts who scored the test agreed that it indicated he was answering truthfully.
According to court records, Dowie was asked, "At the time those DWP bills were submitted, did you know any of them were fraudulent?" and, "When those bills were submitted, were you aware any of them were fraudulent?"
Federal prosecutors have not responded to the motion, but are expected to before Dowie's next court date on September 26.
Polygraph tests have limited admissibility in federal courts. Dowie's lawyers have filed briefs seeking to confirm the validity of their experts and polygraph evidence in general.