Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Guilty: Steve Sugerman (Fleishman-Hillard)
I've been following this story for a while now, and getting close to the top of my list are corrupt businessmen (and women) who rip-off their public service accounts. Case in point is Steve Sugerman, who overcharged the City of Los Angeles' Department of Water and Power for public relations services in a shady deal. Kevin Roderick has the final details of the case.
Steve Sugerman's formal guilty plea in the Fleishman-Hillard case, expected on July 5, finally came Monday. He copped to three counts and sentencing was put off to March 20, presumably after the trials of former Fleishman execs Doug Dowie and John Stodder. Sugerman is expected to be a key prosecution witness and receive leniency. Sugerman originally managed Fleishman's billings to the DWP that are in dispute.