Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

A contractor accused of stealing nearly $1 million from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power pleaded not guilty Wednesday to theft and other charges.

Oscar James Edwards, 48, was charged last month with four counts each of grand theft and embezzlement, three counts of money laundering and one count of perjury.

He is due back in court Aug. 24.

Prosecutors said the LADWP contracted with Edwards, who owned Computer Systems Integration Corp., to provide solar inverters from a Colorado company in 2014.

The inverters were delivered to the utility, which paid Edwards about $970,000, but Edwards never turned that cash over to the Colorado company, prosecutors allege.

Edwards faces up to 16 years in prison if convicted of all the charges, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

—City News Service

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