Q: Twin Rivers Unified School District Trustee Linda Fowler is in the news again. What ever happened to her son, who stole a large amount of money from his job with the state and then went on the lam?
A: Louis Wayne Fowler, 61, served seven years in state prison in the 1990s for embezzling $5.1 million from the state Water Resources Control Board.
According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, he worked as an entry-level accountant for the agency from 1982 to 1985. Before his crime was detected, he departed for Arizona, where he lived under an assumed name, operated two video rental stores, bought expensive guns and produced homemade pornographic videos, some in which he starred. In a brush with the law in Arizona, a fingerprint match led to his extradition to Sacramento to face embezzlement charges.
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He is now a fugitive from federal charges related to marijuana cultivation and firearms offenses.
The Bee reported that in raids on July 7, 2005, law enforcement officers seized 816 marijuana plants at a medical marijuana dispensary, Alternative Specialties, that Fowler operated on Folsom Boulevard, and 288 plants from his backyard and an indoor grow in a barn next to his residence. Court documents indicated that on the same day, Fowler was found with a semiautomatic pistol in his pants pocket and a loaded assault pistol on the front floorboard of his Mercedes Benz.
Fowler, who had been released on bail, failed to appear in December 2007 for a change-of-plea hearing. He had been scheduled to plead guilty to cultivating at least 1,000 marijuana plants and carrying a firearm in connection with drug trafficking. The judge subsequently revoked the $250,000 bail secured by a Rio Linda residence owned by Fowler’s mother, where he had been living under house arrest.