Douglas Stephen Powanda was an Executive Vice President for Worldwide Sales at Peregrine Systems, Inc., a San Diego, California-based business-software company.
In October 2004, Powanda and other executives at Peregrine Systems were indicted for "conspiracy to commit securities fraud, securities fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud, and falsifying books and records." In a separate indictment, Powanda and other Peregrine executives were indicted for civil fraud. 
Powanda was "accused of inventing many of the false sales. According to the charges, Gardner sold $11m of his stock in the company during the fraud, whereas Powanda offloaded stock worth a staggering $24m." 
Powanda pleaded innocent. 
According to the "pleading paper" of United States District Court Southern District of California, U.S. Department of Justice, January 2003 Grand Jury:
- "Defendant DOUGLAS STEPHEN POWANDA, (hereinafter 'defendant POWANDA') was hired by Peregrine in February 1992 as a Senior Account Executive. Defendant POWANDA became a Vice President of Sales on or about July 1994, and was named Peregrine’s Vice President of Worldwide Sales on or about January 1998. On or about July 2001, defendant POWANDA began serving in the Office of the Chairman of the Board, reporting directly to defendant [Stephen Parker] GARDNER. By the time he left the employ of Peregrine on or about May 2002, defendant POWANDA had been paid approximately $2 million in salary, bonuses and commissions, and had exercised stock options worth approximately $30 million. Defendant POWANDA’s compensation was tied directly to Peregrine’s purported financial success."
- Southern District of California, Hon. Thomas J. Whelan, District Judge, August 15, 2005: Douglas Stephen Powanda, MTD: 09-17-2005, Booking# 94210198. CR10 eCal Calendar Report.
"Home Sweet House" Deal
In December 2003, Randy "Duke" Cunningham "paid Douglas Powanda [and his wife Karen] $2.55 million for the new manse in Rancho Santa Fe at 7094 Via Del Charro," Josh Marshall wrote June 23, 2005.
"They paid cash. And the new place comes in at 7,628 sq.ft.," Marshall wrote.
- "The Unauthorized Randy 'Duke' Cunningham Page," Undated. Scroll down to "12/3/2003".
- Litigation Release No. 18919 / October 6, 2004. Accounting and Auditing Enforcement Release No. 2120 / October 6, 2004. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Stephen P. Gardner, et al., Civil Action No. 04 CV 2002 JAH (RBB) (S.D. Cal.) (October 5, 2004). SEC Files Civil Fraud Charges Against Six Former Senior Officers of Peregrine Who Orchestrated Massive Accounting Fraud. Former Outside Auditor and Two Customers Who Knowingly Assisted in the Fraud Also Charged, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
- "Former Peregrine Execs Charged After Investigation," Computerwire.com, October 8, 2004.
- J. Edward Ketz, "The Accounting Cycle. Peregrine Systems – Or the Lack of Them," SmartPros, December 2004.
- Mark Walker, "Cunningham staying mum on home deal," North County Times, June 20, 2005.
- Tony Perry, "Congressman Sold Home -- and Could Pay Dearly. Rep. Cunningham faces criminal probes after a high-price sale to a military contractor," Los Angeles Times (Common Dreams), June 23, 2005.
- Joshua Micah Marshall, Talking Points Memo, June 23, 2005.
- Dan Anderson, "Rancho Santa Fe home prices/comparables," June 25, 2005; Updated August 23, 2005
- "Summary of Stories on crooked Republican congressman Duke Cunningham," Politics Plus Stuff Blogspot, June 25, 2005.
- Dani Dodge, "Former neighbors recall Cunningham's house sale," San Diego Union-Tribune, June 25, 2005.