Ex-LA Water and Power worker sentenced for $4M theft

By The Associated Press

A former Los Angeles Department of Water and Power worker who embezzled more than $4 million has been sentenced to five years in prison.

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Los Angeles Department of Water and Power worker who embezzled more than $4 million has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Thatcus Richard was sentenced Tuesday and ordered to repay the money.

Richard was an audio-visual technician for the DWP.

Prosecutors say that from 1995 to 2014, he enlisted friends to set up audio-visual companies and helped them obtain DWP contracts. The companies then subcontracted the work to Richard, who used his agency's own equipment and resources to do the work.

In March, Richard pleaded no contest to embezzlement by a public officer, conflict of interest and public officer crime.

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