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  Former [LA] Elections Commissioner Fowler Freed Tuesday
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Last EditedBrandonius Maximus  Jun 21, 2005 03:03pm
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News DateTuesday, June 21, 2005 08:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionBATON ROUGE, La. -- Former elections commissioner Jerry Fowler was released from a halfway house Tuesday morning, four years, four months and eight days after he went to prison for taking kickbacks on voting machines.

Fowler pleaded guilty in November 2000 to bilking the state out of $900,000 between 1991 and 1999, but he is believed to have made about $3 million on the schemes. His attorney said Fowler spent the money gambling.

Fowler has been at a halfway house in Baton Rouge since January 18h.

During his incarceration, Fowler's wife disappeared more than two years ago.

Mari Ann Fowler was apparently abducted from the parking lot of a sandwich shop in Port Allen on Christmas Eve 2002. She was on her way to visit her imprisoned husband in Beaumont, Texas. The abduction was partially caught by a security camera.

She was declared legally dead in May 2004.
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