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1:35 pm PDT August 11, 2014

A West Basin Municipal Water District director, along with a married couple with ties to the director, were charged with creating an elaborate embezzlement scheme to help the director pay about $20,000 in personal expenses, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced on Aug. 5.
Malibu is one of the cities under the jurisdiction of the West Basin Municipal Water District.
Ronald Craig Smith, who serves as treasurer of the water district, Robert Earl Katherman Jr. and his wife, Marilyn Katherman, are charged in the case.