PASADENA ( — Two Pasadena Department of Public Works executives were fired after nearly $6.5 million was embezzled from a fund they oversaw, it was announced Tuesday.

City Manager Michael Beck stated that Public Works Director Siobahn Foster and Finance Director Andrew Green were officially relieved of their positions.

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Danny Wooten, a former Pasadena city employee, is accused of writing nearly 300 illegitimate invoices to the city and funneling that money to other parties, including a contractor, two church organizations and a former assistant.

Wooten, the former assistant and the contractor are expected in court Wednesday.

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City activists had previously called for Beck’s retirement as a result of the scandal. When asked how the disappearance of the money could have gone on under his watch for so many years, Beck said: “Actually, to me, I think that’s the more frustrating part of it. What’s frustrating and very disappointing to me is the fact that this activity occurred for so long, and that it wasn’t detected within our organization.”

Beck says that he has no intention of resigning at the moment and will do “what is best for the organization.”


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