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Bay Area agency accuses ex-official of embezzling $1.3M
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area government association is accusing its former director of financial services of embezzling $1.3 million from a fund meant for parks and other public improvements.

The Association of Bay Area Governments says it appears Clarke Howatt created illegitimate documents and false identities as part of a sophisticated fraud scheme.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (that he has not been indicted or arrested. An email to his attorney on Saturday was not immediately returned.

The Chronicle says it reached his daughter by phone on Friday, but she would not comment on Howatt or where he might be.

The Association of Bay Area Governments is the regional planning agency and council of governments for the nine counties and over 100 cities and towns that comprise the Bay Area.