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McDougal Discusses Her Acquittal

July 28, 1999

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ The folks attending the 10th annual conference of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners have a new star: Susan McDougal.

Ms. McDougal, who spent 18 months in jail for refusing to testify against President Clinton in the Whitewater probe, easily won over the 1,100 people in attendance.

Fraud investigators, auditors and attorneys mobbed her Tuesday, asking for autographs and pictures. Ms. McDougal, 45, waited until everyone who wanted an autograph got one.

``Overwhelming,″ she said outside a conference room at Caesars Palace.

``I think she has a lot of integrity,″ Ray Lichauer, a fraud analyst from Pittsfield, Mass., said as he admired his newly signed autograph.

Conference organizers invited Ms. McDougal to speak on ``beating embezzlement charges.″ Ms. McDougal was acquitted in November of stealing $50,000 from famed conductor Zubin Mehta and his wife, Nancy.

``The abuses in the jail system in this country are unbelievable,″ she said in a news conference after her speech. Ms. McDougal said she was not paid for her appearance.

``She certainly is believable,″ said David Reuben, a private investigator from San Francisco. ``She won a lot of people over here.″

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