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Former lobbyist, wife charged in embezzlement scheme
Former lobbyist, wife charged in embezzlement scheme

A former lobbyist who spent the last year working for Los Angeles City Councilman Curren Price was charged Tuesday in what prosecutors described as an elaborate embezzlement scheme that funneled thousands of dollars in public funds to a water district board member. Rob Katherman, 68, and his wife, Marilyn Katherman, 65, were each charged with two felony counts of misappropriation of public funds, district attorney's spokeswoman Jane Robison said. Prosecutors say that the Kathermans illegally directed money from a Torrance-based nonprofit to cover personal expenses of Ronald Smith, a board member of the West Basin Municipal Water District. Smith had pushed for the water district to...

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