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Federal wind energy grant paid for shopping sprees and vacations, accountant says

Pieces of a $2 million federal grant to bring wind energy to Jonestown filtered through several bank accounts and ultimately into Charles Malouff’s pocket, paying for clothing, motorcycle accessories and trips to Colorado, New Mexico and Florida with his girlfriend, an accountant testified Tuesday.

Malouff, 55, is accused of falsifying documents to obtain the federal stimulus grant in 2009, with the promise of bringing energy savings and green jobs to Jonestown. When allegations of fraud surfaced, it was Robin Timmins’ job to “chase the money,” and the former accountant for the Travis County district attorney’s office said the trail led to four businesses and two personal bank accounts.

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