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Sue McDougal Embezzlement Trial Set

December 12, 1997

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) _ A judge Friday scheduled a Feb. 23 trial for Whitewater figure Susan McDougal on charges of embezzling money from symphony conductor Zubin Mehta.

Mrs. McDougal said nothing and smiled broadly in a brief appearance before Judge Steven Suzukawa.

She is charged with stealing $150,000 from Mehta and his wife while working as their bookkeeper from 1989 to 1992. Mrs. McDougal allegedly charged air fares, hotel bills and shopping sprees for herself to Mehta accounts.

Her attorney, Mark J. Geragos, claims that documents show Mrs. McDougal had financial authority to make the expenditures.

Mrs. McDougal has been behind bars since September 1996 for refusing to testify before the Whitewater grand jury that is investigating the failed Arkansas savings and loan headed by her former husband, Jim McDougal.

Both were convicted of fraud last year in connection with Whitewater, the defunct real estate development in which the McDougals were equal partners with President Clinton and his wife.

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