LOS ANGELES: Doug Dowie, former GM of Fleishman-Hillard's LA office - and one of three former executives indicted on federal charges of overbilling LA's Department of Water and Power on a PR contract - earlier this month filed an amended complaint in his wrongful termination suit against Fleishman.
The complaint alleges that the firm wrongfully laundered political campaign contributions with the intent to cover its conduct by using him as a "scapegoat."
Fleishman's LA-based regional president and senior partner Richard Kline said, "No one in senior management at Fleishman approved or had any knowledge of any reimbursements for political contributions. [There] is absolutely no truth to Dowie's allegations."
Michael Faber, Dowie's attorney, said Fleishman co-chairman William Anderson agreed in a February 1 deposition that the firm's senior management "did not determine that Dowie himself had engaged in wrongdoing" or was "personally aware of wrongdoing by others."
Faber said he also intends to depose Fleishman counsel Mark Beck regarding the matter.
Accepted by US District Court Judge Margaret Nagle, the revised complaint alleges that, among other rewards, bonuses issued to Fleishman employees represented "reimbursements for campaign contributions" in violation of California laws.