Selma City Manager Arrested For Misuse of Fowler Funds

Selma City Manager David Elias has been arrested on suspicion of misappropriating public funds through the use of a city credit card while he was employed as the top administrator of Fowler.

David Lawrence Elias, 56, was arrested on 13 counts of misappropriation of public money by a public officer, the DA’s office said.

Authorities said that in 2015 and 2016, while Elias was employed by the city of Fowler, he used city-issued credit cards to make more than 100 purchases that weren’t for city business. The DA’s office didn’t provide a total cost from those purchases.

A summer search warrant uncovered dozens of suspicious purchases, ranging from personal cars to gasoline and Minor League baseball tickets, that occurred over a period of two years. As city manager of Fowler, Elias received a $600 monthly vehicle allowance.

At the time, Elias called the ordeal a “witch hunt,” sparked by someone gunning for his job. He now faces up to 16 years in prison if convicted.


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