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October 1st, 2014

District Attorney George Gascón Launches Ad Campaign for Domestic Violence Awareness Month 

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SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón was joined by domestic violence advocates, community partners, and members of his office’s Domestic Violence Unit to unveil a Muni Bus ad campaign for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  The theme of the campaign “Love Shouldn’t Hurt,” promotes support services for domestic violence survivors provided by the District Attorney’s Office. Read More.


District Attorney George Gascón Launches the 3rd Annual ‘Bye Bye Bullying’ Video Contest

SAN FRANCISCO - As part of October’s National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, District Attorney George Gascón, along with community partners, are launching the third annual “Bye Bye Bullying” Video Contest for San Francisco middle and high school students. After the success of last year’s topic of cyberbullying, the District Attorney is asking students to take an active role by creating a video addressing the theme “Being Bully Free Starts with Me.” Read more


September 17, 2014

D.A. Gascón & A.G. Schneiderman Commend Apple's New iOS 8 Operating System For Enabling Kill Switch By Default

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today revealed that new iPhones sold with iOS 8 will include Apple’s theft deterrent system, Activation Lock, as a default setting.  This marks the first time in the history of the smartphone industry that theft deterrent technology is available by default on new products. Read More

September 11, 2014

Disabled Placard Fraudsters Plead Guilty

SAN FRANCISCO - District Attorney George Gascón announced today that two San Francisco residents have plead guilty to felony forgery in a fraudulent disabled parking placard scheme.  The defendants, Guobin Qin, age 29, and Qiaoyun Chen, age 50, fraudulently obtained Disabled Person Placards by filing false documents with the DMV.  Read More

September 4, 2014

SF District Attorney George Gascón to Give Keynote Speech at Mural Music & Arts Project Event @Twitter

SAN FRANCISCO – This evening, District Attorney George Gascón will be the featured keynote speaker at a community celebration for the Mural Music & Arts Project (MMAP), a youth development organization that empowers youth through participation in the arts.  Hosted by Twitter at their headquarters in San Francisco, the celebration will feature MMAP’s young artists who will perform their new release “My City” on Spotify and will present a visual art exhibit entitled “Faces of My City” to District Attorney George Gascón. Read More

August 14, 2014

Man Sentenced to 25 Years to Life for 2012 Homicide and Burglary in San Francisco's Lakeview Neighborhood

SAN FRANCISCO - On May 2, 2014, a jury found Roderick Thomas guilty of first degree murder of Jahmad Karriem in an incident stemming from April 1, 2012. Thomas, age 26, of San Francisco, was also found guilty of a firearm enhancement and first degree residential burglary. This morning Thomas was sentenced to 25 years to life. Read More

July 14, 2014

Three Arrested for Falsifying Documents to Obtain Disabled Placards from DMV

SAN FRANCISCO - District Attorney George Gascón announced today that three San Francisco residents have been arrested on warrants alleging they separately filed falsified documents with the Department of Motor Vehicles in order to obtain Disabled Person Placards. Read More. 

July 14, 2014

Man Found Guilty of First Degree Murder for 2009 Slaying

SAN FRANCISCO – A jury found Alex Herrera, age 56, guilty of murder in the first degree on Friday, July 11. On September 10th, 2009, victim John Montgomery, age 42, was in his room in the Vincent Hotel on Turk Street in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. The defendant, Alex Herrera, was also a resident of the hotel. Both the victim and the defendant were heavily involved in drugs. Reportedly, they were involved in a dispute related to methadone owed to the defendant, and at approximately 12:30 PM, Herrera went to the victim’s room and demanded payment. The victim’s girlfriend, Candace Thomas, refused and slammed the door in his face. Read More

July 9, 2014

Multiple Defendants Arrested and Charged for Defrauding CalFresh EBT Assistance Program of over $480,000

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Multiple defendants have been arrested and charged with soliciting recipients of CalFresh Benefits, formerly known as Food Stamps, to sell their benefits for a fraction of its cash value. Between June of 2012 to June of 2014, it is estimated that the defendants defrauded the CalFresh program of over $480,000. The CalFresh program, the name of the Federal Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) in California, provides assistance to low-income families and individuals to help them buy food. The defendants are charged with Conspiracy to Commit Fraud, Misappropriation of Public Funds, Food Stamp Fraud and Money Laundering. Read More

July 8, 2014
Secure Our Smartphones Initiative: One Year Later Report

June 19, 2014

D.A. Gascón and A.G. Schneiderman Announce that Google and Microsoft Will Include a Kill Switch in Next Operating Systems

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón today announced that, for the first time, Google and Microsoft will incorporate a kill switch into the next version of their respective operating systems. Google’s operating system, Android, runs on more than half of all smartphones used in the United States. Microsoft’s operating system is on all Nokia smartphones. Today's announcement means that a kill switch will be incorporated into the three dominant smartphone operating systems — Android, iOS, and Windows Phone — which currently encompass 97 percent of smartphones in the United States. Read More

June 13, 2014

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and Brazilian Consul General Eduardo Prisco Sign Memorandum of Understanding

SAN FRANCISCO – District Attorney George Gascón and Consul General Eduardo Prisco signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreement today to protect and ensure the safety of domestic violence victims and survivors of human trafficking. The agreement will enable greater cooperation between the Brazilian Consulate and the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. The formal agreement will help expedite referrals to programs focused on assisting victims, referrals to attorneys for immigration, family and civil issues, as well as access to the network of local domestic violence and trafficking service providers who provide shelter and medical assistance. Read More

May 30, 2014

Man Sentenced To 26 Years To Life For 2012 Strangulation Of Mission District Resident

SAN FRANCISCO- Roland Pouncy, age 44 of San Francisco, was sentenced today to 26 years to life by the Honorable Donald Sullivan for first-degree murder. On May 9, 2014, a jury had found Pouncy guilty of first degree murder. Read More

May 20, 2014

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón Awards Good Samaritans for Their Heroism

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón hosted the first annual Good Samaritan Awards Ceremony today to honor citizens for their bravery. Four individuals were honored for intervening in situations where a victim was in danger or for testifying to ensure justice prevailed. Read More

May 8, 2014

Smartphone Theft Legislation Passes Senate

SACRAMENTO – The California Senate today passed legislation that requires all smartphones sold in California to come pre-equipped with theft-deterring technological solutions to render the device useless if stolen. Senate Bill 962, authored by Senator Mark Leno and sponsored by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, addresses the growing epidemic of smartphone theft. It requires that all new devices sold in the state beginning next year have a theft-deterrent solution, also known as a kill switch, installed and activated. The measure, which passed with a 26-8 vote, is universally supported by statewide law enforcement groups, including the California District Attorneys Association, California Police Chiefs Association and California Sheriffs Association. Read More

April 30, 2014

San Francisco District Attorney's Office Launches Groundbreaking Initiative To Promote Racial Equity

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office has partnered with the Vera Institute of Justice (Vera) on a project to proactively study the exercise of prosecutorial discretion. Through rigorous research and evidence-based practice, Vera’s Prosecution and Racial Justice Program (PRJ) will offer the SFDA the means to monitor the exercise of discretion among its prosecutors, encourage fairness, promote efficiency, and enhance the integrity of the prosecutorial role. Read More.

April 23, 2014

A "Kill Switch' To Deter Smartphone Theft: It's The Right Call

April 17, 2014

Joint Statement From D.A. Gascón and A.G. Schneiderman On Consumer Reports Projections that Smartphone Thefts Are Up 94% in Just One Year

San Francisco- New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón today issued the following statement in response to Consumer Reports projections that smartphone theft nearly doubled from 1.6 million in 2012 to 3.1 million in 2013. Read More

April 15, 2014

Joint Statement From A.G. Schneiderman and D.A. Gascón On Wireless Industry's Voluntary Commitment to Include ‘Anti-Theft’ Tools in Future Smartphones

SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today issued the following statement in response to a voluntary commitment announced by CTIA-The Wireless Association – which represents the wireless communications industry – regarding the inclusion of anti-theft tools in future cell phones. Read More

April 10, 2014

District Attorney George Gascón Announces Charges Against Defendant Who Defrauded the Season of Sharing Funds

SAN FRANCISCO - District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Lydia George, age 36, of Sacramento, was arrested and charged this morning with sixty-eight felonies for defrauding the Chronicle’s Season of Sharing Fund. Read More

April 7, 2014

Circosta Iron and Metal Company, Inc. to Pay $500,000 for Violation of California Metal Theft Prevention Law

San Francisco- San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced today that one of San Francisco's largest metal recyclers, Circosta Iron and Metal Company, Inc. ("Circosta), will pay $500,000 as part of a settlement of a civil prosecution brought by the District Attorney. Read More

April 4, 2014

Joint Statement From D.A. Gascón & A.G. Schneiderman on Samsung and Two Wireless Carries Agreeing to Make Anti-Theft Features Available on Galaxy S5

San Francisco - San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and New York Attorney General Eric. T. Schneiderman today released the following statement on the news that Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphones sold by Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular will come with the Find My Mobile and Reactivation Lock anti-theft solutions installed and that the features can be activated for free. Read More

April 1, 2014

Smartphone Theft Prevention Act Clears First Committee Vote

Sacramento - Legislation that requires all smartphones and tablets sold in California to come pre-equipped with theft-deterring technology that will render stolen devices useless passed its first committee vote in the State Senate today. Read More

March 14, 2014

Felony Human Trafficking Probation Revoked After Brave Victim Testifies Via Skype

San Francisco- On Tuesday, March 11, the Honorable Judge Ross sentenced Brazil Harris to five years state prison on a motion to revoke probation, the maximum allowable under state guidelines. Read More

District Attorney Announces Request for Proposals for Neighborhood Justice Fund
Priority Areas Include Pedestrian Safety, Security Improvements, Summer Community Activities

San Francisco - District Attorney George Gascón announced today the availability of Neighborhood Justice Fund grants to community-based organizations for projects that will enhance neighborhood safety, livability and cohesion. The grants are a result of restitution funds collected from Neighborhood Court directives and held by the District Attorney’s Office solely for the Neighborhood Justice Fund annual grant program. Read More

February 27, 2014

DA Gascón Delivers State of Public Safety, Discusses Vision for a Modern Justice System Fit for the 21st Century

SAN FRANCISCO - District Attorney George Gascón delivered his first ever State of Public Safety Address today to hundreds of public safety advocates and community leaders. The District Attorney detailed his vision for a modern justice system and discussed plans to implement new programs and technology designed to create efficiencies and reduce the prison population, thereby enabling prosecutors to redouble their efforts to keep violent offenders off the streets.Read More

February 27, 2014

District Attorney George Gascón Releases 2013 Annual Report

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February 7, 2014

Senator Leno, S.F. District Attorney Gascón Unveil Details of Legislation Requiring Technological Solutions to Epidemic of Mobile Device Theft

SAN FRANCISCO – Senator Mark Leno and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón joined other elected officials, law enforcement leaders and advocates today to announce details of legislation that addresses the growing epidemic of smartphone theft. Senate Bill 962 requires all smartphones and tablets sold in California to come pre-equipped with theft-deterring technological solutions enabled to render the device useless if stolen. Every new device sold in the state on or after January 1, 2015 must have the theft-deterrent solution, also known as a kill switch, installed. Read More

February 5, 2014

San Francisco Leaders Announce Actions to Support “One Billion Rising for Justice” Feb 14 Declared “One Billion Rising Day” to End Violence Against Women and Girls

San Francisco – San Francisco leaders including District Attorney George Gascón, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, Police Chief Greg Suhr, President of the Commission on the Status of Women Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez, and V-Day Executive Director Susan Swan announced a series of actions to support “One Billion Rising,” a global campaign taking place in over 170 countries, to end violence against women and girls. This year, the campaign will focus on the issue of justice for all survivors of gender violence and sexual assault. Read More

January 24, 2014

San Francisco Sentencing Commission Releases 2013 Annual Report

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced the release of the San Francisco Sentencing Commission 2013 Annual Report today which includes two state and three local recommendations Read More

December 20, 2013

District Attorney George Gascón Urges Public to Exercise Traffic Safety During the Holiday Season

San Francisco – On the one year commemoration of a Twin Peaks traffic fatality that took the life of Ms. Yuee Yao, District Attorney George Gascón urged the public to work together to make San Francisco’s streets safer and free of traffic fatalities and collisions. Read More

December 19, 2013

Sen. Leno, San Francisco D.A. Gascón Announce Plans to Introduce Legislation Requiring Technological Solutions to Epidemic of Smartphone Theft

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Senator Mark Leno and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced plans today to introduce legislation that addresses the epidemic of smartphone theft by requiring the implementation of theft deterring technological solutions, also known as a "kill switch," which
renders phones inoperable if they are stolen. The bill will be formally introduced in January at the start of the 2014 legislative session. Read More

December 5, 2013

Man Murdered Over Playstation 4 Videogame Console
Defendant Ronnie Collins Charged with Murder

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Ronnie Collins of San Francisco, age 21, was charged with one count of murder and two counts of attempted robbery with firearm enhancement allegations. The charges stem from a December 1st incident when Collins attempted to rob Ikenna Uwakah and his girlfriend for a Playstation 4 videogame console. Read More

December 2, 2013

District Attorney Gascón Announces Winners for 2nd Annual “Bye Bye Bullying” Video Contest

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced the winners of the 2nd Annual “Bye Bye Bullying” video contest today. The bullying awareness video contest was open to all middle school and high school students in San Francisco. This year’s video contest touched on the following three themes: What is cyberbullying? What are the effects of cyberbullying? What can you do to prevent cyberbullying? Read More

November 26, 2013

District Attorney George Gascón Releases Consumer Alert for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

San Francisco – District Attorney George Gascón released a consumer alert today to inform the public about safe shopping tips in preparation for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the holiday shopping season. Read More

November 25, 2013

Statement in Response to President Barack Obama’s Speech Regarding Comprehensive Immigration Reform

San Francisco – San Francisco District Attorney released the following statement following President Obama’s speech to the nation regarding the necessity of comprehensive immigration reform. Read More

November 25, 2013

“Secure Our Smartphones" Initiative Issues Safety Tips for Holiday Shoppers

With Millions Expected to Purchase Smartphones and Tablets This Holiday Season, Consumers Are Encouraged to Take Steps to Ensure Their Safety
A.G. Schneiderman & D.A. Gascón: As The Holiday Shopping Season Kicks Off This Week, Simple Steps Can Protect Consumers and Their Loved Ones


San Francisco –Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón – co-chairs of the international Secure our Smartphones (S.O.S.) Initiative -- issued tips today to help consumers protect themselves from the growing risk of violent smartphone theft.  Over the upcoming holiday season, consumers are expected to spend millions of dollars on new smartphones for themselves and their loved ones. Unfortunately, communities across the country continue to report violent and often deadly thefts of smartphones.  The extent of the epidemic is significant, with roughly 113 smartphones stolen or lost each minute in the United States. Read More

October 30, 2013

Woman Found Guilty of First Degree Murder for Burning Victim Alive

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Mia Sagote, age 36, was convicted of first degree murder and special circumstance allegations for dousing Leslie “Jill” May, age 49, with gasoline and burning her alive in retaliation for cooperating with police. Read More

October 25, 2013

Jury Finds Defendant Guilty of Murdering Own Father

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Levit Chavez Jr., age 29, was convicted of second degree murder for fatally stabbing his father in 2009. The jury also found Chavez guilty of premeditated and deliberate attempted murder with enhancements for the use of a knife and great bodily injury. Read More

October 23, 2013

Man Charged with Felony Vehicular Manslaughter for Holly Park Death

SAN FRANCISCO, CA: District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Thomas Burnoski, age 58, of San Francisco, was charged with felony vehicular manslaughter and felony hit and run for running over and killing a woman at Holly Park in the Bernal Heights neighborhood. Read More

October 16, 2013

Man Found Guilty of First Degree Murder for SOMA Stabbing

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Charles Robertson, age 44, was convicted yesterday of first degree murder for fatally stabbing Joseph Minozzi in the South of Market neighborhood. Read More

October 15, 2013

District Attorney George Gascón and Community Partners Launch an Immigration Fraud Public Education Campaign

San Francisco – District Attorney George Gascón, was joined by representatives from Instituto Familiar de la Raza, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, and CARECEN to launch an immigration fraud public education campaign. At Instituto Familiar de la Raza, a community based organization serving the Latino community for over 30 years, the District Attorney called on the community to be savvy consumers when choosing an immigration service provider. Read More

October 8, 2013

Man Found Guilty of First Degree Murder for Brutal 1976 Stabbing

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that James Mayfield, age 67, was convicted of first degree murder. This prosecution was made possible by cold hit DNA evidence from the 1976 murder of Jenny Read. Read More

October 4, 2013

District Attorney George Gascón, SFUSD, Common Sense Media and Community Partners
Launch DA’s 2nd Annual Anti-Bullying Video Contest

San Francisco – For October’s National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, District Attorney George Gascón, along with Kevin Truitt from the San Francisco Unified School District, and Merve Lapus from Common Sense Media, launched “Bye Bye Bullying”, a video contest for San Francisco middle and high school students. Building on the success of last year’s inaugural video contest, the District Attorney is calling upon students to get creative and make a video about cyber bullying. Read More

September 27, 2013

Man Charged with Murder for Death of SFSU Student

SAN FRANCISCO, CA: District Attorney announced today that Nikhom Thephakaysone, age 30, of San Francisco will be charged with murder for shooting and killing a 20 year old sophomore from San Francisco State University (SFSU) student on Sept 23. 2013. Read More

September 23, 2013

SF District Attorney’s Office Awarded $1 Million Federal Grant to Reduce Crime in Eastern Bayview

SAN FRANCISO – District Attorney George Gascón was joined by Supervisor Malia Cohen, Suzy Loftus of the Center for Youth Wellness, community leaders and advocates at the Bayview Opera House today to announce a $1 million Department of Justice grant awarded to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. The resources will be used to address neighborhood level crime in the Eastern Bayview. San Francisco is one of ten cities nationwide to receive the grant through the Bureau of Justice Assistance Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation program. Read More

September 19, 2013

SF District Attorney, Supervisor David Chiu, Merchants and Residents Release Security Plan for a Safer Broadway Corridor

SAN FRANCISO – District Attorney George Gascón and Supervisor David Chiu joined Broadway Corridor merchants, nightclub operators, security operators and residents today to release a security plan to reduce crime and provide a safer nightlife environment. Read More

September 18, 2013

Victims of Stalking Find Relief and Safety in Passage of AB 499

District Attorney Gascón and Assemblymember Ting: Governor Brown Signs Landmark Reform for Victims of Stalking Into Law

SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and California State Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D-San Francisco) are pleased to announce the passage of AB 499, a new law that will protect victims of stalking and remove barriers that often discourage victims from taking steps to protect themselves. This bi-partisan legislation was passed unanimously by both the Assembly and Senate, and was recently signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. Read More

August 29, 2013

District Attorney’s Office to Offer Domestic Violence Victims Direct Access to Child Support Options

SAN FRANCISO – In honor of Child Support Awareness Month, District Attorney George Gascón announced today that his office’s Victim Services Division is partnering with the Department of Child Support Services to educate victims of domestic violence about their child support options. Read More

August 27, 2013

District Attorney and Superintendent Launch Truancy Intervention Program at Ida B. Wells Continuation High School

San Francisco –District Attorney George Gascón and Superintendent Richard Carranza launched a truancy intervention program at Ida B. Wells Continuation High School, an alternative school whose mission is to work with chronically truant students and their families. San Francisco Board of Education President Rachel Norton, Ida B. Wells Principal Richard Duber. Director of the Truancy Assessment and Resource Center (TARC) Cessnae Crawford, the District Attorney and the Superintendent spoke of their collective responsibility to keep students in school and on track to graduate. Read More

August 21, 2013

Man Charged with Dumping Hazardous Waste in the Bayview

San Francisco – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Eusebio Castillo, age 61 of San Francisco, has been arrested and charged with dumping hazardous waste in the Bayview District of San Francisco. Read More

August 20, 2013

Neighborhood Court Expands to Evenings

SAN FRANCISCO – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Neighborhood Court, an initiative he launched two years ago as an alternative to the traditional criminal justice process, is expanding to evenings. The Southern Neighborhood Court’s monthly night court will begin this Thursday at the Eucharist Church, 285 Main Street, 6 to 8pm. Read More

August 15, 2013

Bicyclist Sentenced for Felony Vehicular Manslaughter

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that bicyclist Chris Bucchere, age 37, was formally sentenced on one count of felony vehicular manslaughter. Joined by members of Sutchi Hui’s family, the District Attorney called on the public to work together to prevent traffic fatalities. Read More

August 7, 2013

London Mayor Joins “Secure Our Smartphones” Initiative

Global Coalition Of Elected Officials And Law Enforcement Agencies Presses Industry To Protect The Safety Of Consumers

Schneiderman, Gascón & Johnson: The Spike In Violent, Often Deadly Thefts Of Smartphones Is A Global Problem That Demands A Global Solution

San Francisco-- New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón today announced that London Mayor Boris Johnson has joined the Secure Our Smartphones (S.O.S.) Initiative as an international partner and co-chair. Launched earlier this year, the S.O.S. Initiative is a groundbreaking coalition of prosecutors, police chiefs, attorneys general, state and city comptrollers, and public safety activists working to encourage the smartphone industry to implement meaningful solutions that will end the international theft epidemic of mobile communications devices such as smartphones and tablets. The frequency of such incidents is staggering, with an increasing number having turned violent. In July, London Mayor Johnson wrote to the domestic CEO’s of major manufacturers urging them to do more to tackle this problem, and he will convene a meeting with them in September. Read More

August 2, 2013

Major California Metal Recycling Company to Pay $4.1 Million in San Francisco and Contra Costa County District Attorneys’ Enforcement Action

SAN FRANCISCO, CA: San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and Contra Costa County District Attorney Mark A. Peterson announced today that one of California’s largest metal recyclers, Sims Group USA Corporation (“Sims”), also known as Sims Metal Management and Sims Metal, will pay $ 4.1 million as part of a settlement of a civil prosecution brought by the two District Attorneys. Read More

July 23, 2013

Bicyclist Pled Guilty to Felony Vehicular Manslaughter

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that bicyclist Chris Bucchere, age 37, pled guilty to felony vehicular manslaughter for striking Sutchi Hui, a 71 year old man who was crossing the street on Market and Castro Street last year. Read More

July 18, 2013

Barry Bernard White, Jr. Charged With Two Counts of Murder for Vicious Carnage at the Jewelry Mart

SAN FRANCISCO, CA: District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Barry
Bernard White Jr., age 23, of Antioch was charged with a total of 16 felony counts, including 2 counts of murder, 7 counts of attempted murder, 6 counts of assault on a police officer with a firearm, and 1 count of possession of an assault rifle. Read More

July 15, 2013

Unlicensed Civil Engineer Held to Answer on 232 Felony Counts in Massive Fraud Case

SAN FRANCISCO – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Jimmy Jen, age 59, was held to answer on 232 felony counts involving approximately 80 separate San Francisco properties where documents were forged and recorded with public agencies. His associate, Jian Min Fong, age 43, was held to answer on 86 felony counts Read More

July 10, 2013

Former Postal Employee Sentenced for Insurance Fraud and Pays More Than $150K in Restitution

San Francisco, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced that former United States Postal employee Tiong C. Ong, age 51, formerly of Saratoga, California, was sentenced to a felony violation of filing a false insurance claim and ordered to pay $157,173 in restitution to the United States Department of Labor.  Read More

July 3, 2013

Jury Finds Defendant Guilty for Blessing Scam Case #3

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that a jury convicted Cui Qun Zhu, age 51, of 6 felonies and 1 misdemeanor for scamming two victims in two separate blessing scam incidents. Read More

June 25, 2013

Man Facing Life in Prison for Stabbing Victim in the Back

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Oscar Arana, age 23, of San Francisco was convicted yesterday afternoon, of aggravated mayhem and assault with a deadly weapon causing paralysis. Read More

June 19, 2013

“Landlords from Hell” Defendants Plead Guilty to 4 Felonies and will Receive 4 Years 4 Months State Prison Sentence

San Francisco – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that husband and wife, Kip Macy, age 38, and Nicole Macy, age 37, pled guilty to 2 felony counts of residential burglary, 1 felony count of stalking, and 1 felony count of attempted grand theft. The defendants were recently extradited from Italy to face charges stemming from a landlord tenant dispute dating from September 2005 to December 2007. Read More

June 13, 2013

D.A. GASCÓN & A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN LAUNCH NATIONWIDE “SECURE OUR SMARTPHONES” INITIATIVE

Coalition Of Law Enforcement Officials, Institutional Investors And Consumer Advocates To Urge Smartphone Industry To Protect The Safety Of Consumers

Schneiderman & Gascón: This Nationwide, Bipartisan Coalition Is Committed To Encouraging Industry To Be Good Corporate Citizens, Ensure Safety Of Consumers

NEW YORK -- New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón today announced the formation of a nationwide Secure Our Smartphones (S.O.S) Initiative aimed at encouraging the cell phone industry to adopt technologies that would deter theft by drying up the secondary market on which stolen devices are sold. Read More

June 4, 2013

D.A. Gascón and A.G. Schneiderman to Convene Smartphone Summit to Address Epidemic of Dangerous "Apple-Picking" Street Crimes

SAN FRANCSICO - San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today announced that they will convene a Smartphone Summit next week with representatives of four of the largest players in the smartphone industry, to begin to address the epidemic of violent street crimes known as “Apple-Picking.” Read More

May 30, 2013

Two Westmob Gang Members Facing Life in Prison

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Rashad Brown, age 25, of San Francisco and Anthony Taylor, age 23, of San Francisco, were convicted yesterday afternoon, of multiple charges, including two counts of attempted murder and various gang and gun enhancement allegations. Read More

May 15, 2013

District Attorney George Gascón Launches Blessing Scam Public Education Campaign

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – In honor of Elder Abuse Prevention Month, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón was joined by Supervisor Malia Cohen, Anni Chung of Self Help for the Elderly, and Edith Chan from Adult Protective Services at the John King Senior Center in Visitacion Valley to launch a public education campaign. The campaign is designed to educate the Chinese community about blessing scams that are occurring all over the country. San Francisco recently became the first jurisdiction in the country to secure convictions in two separate cases. To date, over $1.5 million in cash and jewelry has been stolen from over 50 victims in San Francisco, with one-third of incidents occurring in the city’s Southeast Sector. Read More

May 14, 2013

FORMER AND CURRENT SAN FRANCISCO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT EMPLOYEES
CHARGED IN MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR SCHEME TO WRONGFULLY DIVERT PUBLIC MONEY

San Francisco – District Attorney George Gascón announced today the filing of felony charges against former and current San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) employees in connection with the diversion of over $15 million dollars in public money into slush fund accounts held at private non-profit organizations, and with the misappropriation of approximately $250,000 for personal use. The defendants are former Associate Superintendent Trish Bascom, former Senior Executive Directors Linda Sue Lovelace and Meyla Fatma Ruwin, former Principal Administrative Analyst Lilian Lamorena Capuli, former Assistant Principal Mychel M. Navales, and Senior Clerk Typist Betty Chuey Wong. Read More

May 9, 2103

Law Enforcement Seeks Public’s Help Locating Taxi Driver and Ex-Billionaire Boys Club Member
Outstanding Vehicular Manslaughter Warrant for Reza Eslaminia

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - District Attorney George Gascón and the San Francisco Police Department announced today that Reza Eslaminia, age 52, is wanted for an August 11, 2012 traffic collision in the Tenderloin that caused the death of 39 year old pedestrian Edmund Ralph Capalla of San Francisco. Eslaminia has an outstanding warrant for a misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter and law enforcement is seeking the public’s help in locating the defendant. Read More

April 30, 2013

District Attorney George Gascón Partners with GLIDE Foundation to Expand Victim Services to Women in the Tenderloin

SAN FRANCISCO – District Attorney George Gascón was joined by Rita Shimmin, Co-Executive Director of Glide Foundation and Zwazzi Sowo, Director of the Glide Women’s Healing Center to announce a new partnership to expand victim services office hours to the Tenderloin community. District Attorney Victim Advocates will hold drop in office hours for women at the Glide Women’s Healing Center, an organization that works with survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence. Read More

April 25, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO DISTRICT ATTORNEY GEORGE GASCÓN TO HONOR VICTIMS AND WITNESSES
9th Annual Justice Awards Ceremony Held in Recognition of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

San Francisco – Today, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón will recognize National Crime Victims’ Rights Week by holding the 9th Annual Justice Awards. The District Attorney will highlight the accomplishments of his office’s Victim Services Unit and honor outstanding individuals and organizations that were instrumental in the prosecution of high profile cases from 2012.Read More

April 24, 2013

Former San Francisco State University Director and Local University Vendor to be Charged with 246 Felony Counts for Bribery Scheme

SAN FRANCISCO, CA: District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Robert Shearer, a former Director at San Francisco State University (SFSU), and Stephen Cheung, the owner of an environmental waste disposal firm that contracted with SFSU, were scheduled to be arraigned today on 246 felony charges for their alleged roles in a bribery scheme spanning over a seven year period.Read More

April 16, 2013

District Attorney George Gascón Honors Volunteer Adjudicators on 2 Year Anniversary of Neighborhood Court

SAN FRANCISCO – District Attorney George Gascón held a ceremony today to mark the two year anniversary of Neighborhood Court, an initiative he launched as an alternative to the traditional criminal justice process. Volunteer Adjudicators were honored at the event for their commitment to public safety and their role in making Neighborhood Courts a success. There are ten Neighborhood Courts across the city with over 100 adjudicators. In 2012 the District Attorney’s Office sent almost 700 cases to Neighborhood Court.Read More

April 12, 2013

Man Found Guilty of First Degree Murder in Shelter Homicide

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Rickey Leon Scott, age 64, was found guilty of first degree murder for fatally stabbing another man at a homeless shelter in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood on February 6, 2012. Read More

April 12, 2013

Printing Company, the Owner and a Manager Plead Guilty for 2008 Death of Pregnant Worker

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that a printing company, the owner, and a manager all pled guilty to criminal charges filed in connection with the death of a pregnant worker who was crushed by a machine at her job on January 29, 2008. Read More

April 11, 2013

District Attorney, SFPD and CHP Call Attention to Dangers of Distracted Driving

SAN FRANCISO – On the heels of a March 2013 California Appellate Court decision that ruled it’s illegal to hold your phone while driving, District Attorney George Gascón was joined by Commander Mikail Ali from the San Francisco Police Department and Captain BJ Whitten from the California Highway Patrol to call attention the dangers of distracted driving. Read More

March 29, 2013

District Attorney George Gascón Expands Foreign Consulate Collaboration to Czech Republic

SAN FRANCISCO- District Attorney George Gascón and Honorary Consul General Richard Pivnicka of the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in San Francisco entered into a formal collaboration today to serve multi-national victims regardless of citizenship status. The memorandum of agreement states that the San Francisco District Attorney's Office will provide victim services and assistance with securing testimony and appearances by multi-national victims. Read More

March 25, 2013

Mark Anthony Cassell Charged With Murder of San Francisco Chronicle Newspaper Vendor

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Mark Anthony Cassell, (age 36), of San Francisco, was scheduled to be arraigned today on one count of murder. Read More

March 20, 2013

Two Defendants Sentenced to State Prison for Mortgage Fraud of One Rincon Hill Properties

SAN FRANCISCO- District Attorney George Gascón announced today that a judge sentenced Jay Shah, age 48, to 20 years in state prison, and Winston Lum, age 48, to 13 years and 4 months in state prison for their involvement in a sophisticated scheme to transfer ownership of one woman’s three condominiums at One Rincon Hill valued at $5.5 million dollars. Read More

March 19, 2013

District Attorney to Honor Zero Divide CEO Tessie Guillermo for Women’s History Month

SAN FRANCISO - San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón will join the Commission and the Department on the Status of Women for their 9th annual Women’s History Month Awards Reception to honor Tessie Guillermo, President and CEO of Zero Divide. The ceremony is being held today at 5:30pm at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, 525 Golden Gate Avenue. The theme this year is “Women inspiring innovation through imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.” Tessie is one of 13 Amazing Women Nominees awarded by Mayor Edwin M. Lee, District Attorney George Gascón, and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Read More

March 11, 2013

District Attorney, Board President Chiu, and City Leaders Denounce Islamophobic MUNI Ads

SAN FRANCISO - Today, District Attorney George Gascón, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, and Supervisors John Avalos, London Breed, Malia Cohen, Jane Kim, Scott Wiener, Norman Yee held a press conference to denounce Islamophobic and racist advertisements by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) scheduled to run on MUNI buses today. Read More

March 8, 2013

Jury Finds Man Guilty of 1st Degree Murder for Killing 12 Year Old Boy

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that a jury convicted William Terrence McKnight, age 37, of first degree murder for fatally shooting a 12 year old boy at the Alemany public housing projects on May 17, 2002. Read More

March 6, 2013

Driver to be Charged with 3 Felonies for Killing a Pedestrian on Sloat Blvd

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Kieran Drew Brewer, age 28 of San Francisco will be charged with three felonies for driving under the influence and killing a 17-year old pedestrian on Sloat Boulevard on March 3. Read More

March 1, 2013

Jury Finds Man Guilty of 2nd Degree Murder for Potrero Hill Shooting

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that a jury convicted Antoine C. Grays, age 32, of second degree murder for fatally shooting a man at the Potrero Hill housing projects. Read More

February 21, 2013

Man Charged with 2 Counts of Sexual Assault for Cathedral Hill Rape

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Arthur Ray Salinas, age 57, from Beaumont, Texas, was charged with two counts of sexual assault for raping a woman in the Cathedral Hill area. Read More

February 7, 2013

District Attorney Partners with Community Organizations to Help Youth Human Trafficking Victims
9-Year Old Girl Honored for Global Effort to End Child Slavery with ‘Make a Stand Lemonade’

San Francisco – Today, District Attorney George Gascón was joined by Sherilyn Adams of Larkin Street Youth Services, Ellyn Bell of Standing Against Global Exploitation (SAGE), and Kaine Walker of Youth Justice Institute to announce a partnership to help youth human trafficking victims. Recognizing a gap in services, the partnership launched the “Exploit No More Youth Hotline” to provide a safe way for young victims of human trafficking under age 18 to get help and receive services.Read More

February 5, 2013

San Francisco Declares February 14, “One Billion Rising Day”
City Joins V-Day’s Global Day of Action to End Violence Against Women and Girls

SAN FRANCISO—– On February 14, San Francisco will join 197 countries and hold a special event on the steps of City Hall to support a global campaign to end violence against women and girls. Today, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to mark February 14, Valentine’s Day, “One Billion Rising Day.” Read More

February 1, 2103

District Attorney Gascón Calls for Peaceful Celebrations this Superbowl Sunday
Violence and Vandalism will be not be Tolerated

San Francisco – District Attorney George Gascón called on 49ers fans to celebrate peacefully this Superbowl Sunday to avoid the vandalism and destruction that occurred when the San Francisco Giants clinched the World Series last October.Read More

January 31, 2013

District Attorney Awards 11 Community Organizations with Neighborhood Justice Fund Grants

San Francisco - District Attorney George Gascón awarded 11 community organizations today with Neighborhood Justice Fund grants. Funding for the grants are a result of funds collected from Neighborhood Court directives and held by the District Attorney’s Office for the sole purpose of disbursement through nonprofit 501(c)3 organization grants for projects that enhance the safety, livability and cohesion of San Francisco’s neighborhoods. Read More

January 28, 2013

District Attorney George Gascón Announces Mentor Collaboration with School District
Over 1000 San Francisco Youth Waiting for a Mentor

San Francisco - Today, District Attorney George Gascón will announce at a press conference at Burton High School a partnership with SFUSD's Mentoring for Success program to launch a mentoring speaker series in San Francisco schools. Throughout the year, Assistant District Attorneys will be visiting Burton High School, Mission High School and Thurgood Marshall High School to speak about their personal struggles through school and potential career paths for students. Created to inspire and motivate students to succeed despite academic and social challenges, the program is estimated to reach as many as 100 students. Read More

January 10, 2013

Man Charged with 11 Felonies for Setting His Girlfriend on Fire

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Dexter Oliver, age 22, was charged with 11 felonies for setting his girlfriend on fire on January 6, 2013. Read More

January 3, 2013

Man Charged with 2 Counts of Murder for Mission District Fatal Crash

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that David Morales, age 19, was charged with murdering two people and seriously injuring one person during a high speed chase with the police on January 1, 2013. Read More

Monday, December 17, 2012

Man Convicted of Sexual Abuse of a Minor Sentenced to State Prison and $625K Restitution
Non-Economic Restitution is the First of its Kind in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced that Ricardo Asturias, (age 68), was sentenced by Judge Giorgi to 16 years and 8 months in state prison for sexually abusing a young child and possession of child pornography. In addition, Judge Giorgi ordered the defendant to pay $625,000 in restitution for non-economic damages, marking the first time in San Francisco where non-economic damages were awarded since the 1996 penal code change to allow restitution awards in felony child molestation cases. Read More

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Walgreen Company to Pay $16.57 Million Settlement for Environmental Violations

Stores Illegally Dumped Hazardous Wastes and Confidential Customer Medical Information

San Francisco - District Attorney George Gascón, together with 42 other California District Attorneys and two city attorneys, announced today that Alameda County Superior Court Judge Wynne Carvill has ordered the Illinois-based Walgreen Company to pay $16.57 million as part of a settlement of a civil environmental prosecution. Read More

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Five Defendants Charged In Association with the Brussels Street Homicide Investigation

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that five defendants have been charged for crimes related to the murder of a bound and gagged man found on Brussels Street, in San Francisco’s Portola neighborhood. Read More

Monday, December 10, 2012

District Attorney Gascón Launches Traffic Safety Campaign
Challenges the Public to Ask “What’s the Rush”

San Francisco, CA – District Attorney George Gascón launched a traffic safety campaign today to encourage the public to share the streets and help prevent avoidable tragedies. The new ad campaign is titled “What’s the Rush,” and asks motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians to work together to make San Francisco’s streets safer. Ads are in English, Spanish, and Chinese and will be displayed on digital bus shelters, MUNI bus exteriors and interiors for the month of December. Read More

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

1st Place Winners for District Attorney’s “Bye Bye Bullying” Video Contest Announced

San Francisco - District Attorney George Gascón announced the winners of the “Bye Bye Bullying” video contest at a press conference held at Socialcam, a socially connected platform accessible from mobile devices and the web, and one of the most popular apps for capturing and sharing video. The bullying awareness video contest for middle school and high schools in San Francisco was produced by the District Attorney’s Women’s Committee. The goal was to increase public awareness about bullying amongst students, encourage youth to discuss bullying more openly and develop effective responses to bullying. Read More

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Help for Child Witnesses to Community Violence

San Francisco, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today a victims compensation program for children and youth who are witnesses of violent crime. The program provides up to $5000 in reimbursement for mental health counseling through California's Victim Compensation Program. Read More

Friday, November 16, 2012

San Francisco Deputy Sheriff Arrested for Bank Robbery

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that criminal charges have been filed against Philip Chun Tong, age 36, for robbing the Bank of America at 3701 Balboa Street on November 7, 2012. Read More

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Four Additional Defendants Charged in Jewelry Scam Targeting Chinese Community

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced the latest developments in a jewelry scam targeting women and elderly victims in the Chinese community. Read More

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

District Attorney Announces Request for Proposals for Neighborhood Justice Fund

San Francisco - District Attorney George Gascón announced today the availability of Neighborhood Justice Fund grants to nonprofits and community-based organizations for projects that will enhance the safety, livability and cohesion of San Francisco's neighborhoods. The grants are a result of funds collected from Neighborhood Court directives and held by the District Attorney’s Office for the sole purpose of disbursement through grants once a year to community-based organizations. Read More

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Jury Finds Man Guilty of 25 Felony Counts for Three Mission District Sexual Assaults

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that a jury convicted Frederick Dozier, age 31, of 25 felony counts including kidnapping, sexual assault and robbery for brutal rapes that occurred between June 2011 and December 2011 in the Mission District. Read More

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Second Man Charged with Two Felony Counts for Vandalism of MUNI Bus

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Nicholas Hudson, (age 19), was arraigned today on two felony counts for his part in destroying a MUNI bus. Read More

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Submission Deadline for DA’s “Bye Bye Bullying” Video Contest Extended to Nov 16

San Francisco – In October, District Attorney George Gascón launched “Bye Bye Bullying”, a video contest for San Francisco middle and high school students to increase awareness about the effects of bullying. Because the video contest is generating a lot of excitement from students all over the city, the District Attorney has decided to extend the deadline by another week to November 16. Read More

Monday, November 5, 2012

Man Charged with Two Felony Counts for Vandalism of MUNI Bus

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Gregory Graniss, (age 22), was arraigned today on two felony counts for his part in destroying a MUNI bus.Read More

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

District Attorney Filing Charges on Defendants Arrested After Giants’ Victory

San Francisco – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that his office is filing charges on defendants arrested Sunday night after the Giants’ World Series victory when certain celebrations became violent and destructive. Read More

Monday, October 29, 2012

San Francisco Awarded $650K Federal Grant for High Risk Domestic Violence Victims

San Francisco, CA – District Attorney George Gascón and Mayor Ed Lee were joined by Domestic Violence Advocates today to announce that San Francisco was awarded a two-year $650,000 grant from the Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women. The grant is a collaboration between the District Attorney’s Office, the Department on the Status of Women, Asian Women’s Shelter and La Casa de las Madres to better serve domestic violence victims who are at high risk of losing their lives. Read More

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Man Convicted of Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Minor

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Ricardo Asturias, (age 68), was found guilty of one felony count of continuous sexual abuse of a minor, and another felony count of possessing child pornography. Read More

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Man Convicted on Four Counts of Animal Cruelty and Must Serve 60 Days County Jail

San Francisco – District Attorney George Gascón was joined by representatives from Animal Care and Control today to announce that Abraham Taylor, age 36, was convicted of four misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and sentenced to 60 days county jail. Read More

Monday, October 15, 2012

District Attorney George Gascón and Department of Elections Director John Arntz
Announce Creation of Elections Fraud Hotline

San Francisco – District Attorney George Gascón and San Francisco Department of Elections Director John Arntz announced today that their offices will work together to respond to complaints related to the upcoming general election. As part of this effort, the District Attorney has set up a multi-lingual Election Fraud Hotline for members of the public to report possible incidences of election fraud from now until Election Day, and will make investigators available to quickly respond to complaints received by the District Attorney or the Department of Elections. Read more

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

District Attorney George Gascón's Statement on Sheriff Mirkarimi’s Re-Instatement

I believe I echo the sentiment of many San Franciscans when I say I have grave concerns about Ross Mirkarimi’s ability to manage the Sheriff’s Department. While Ross was entitled to the process that unfolded and it has been resolved with his reinstatement, there are serious public safety concerns that remain unresolved. Read More

Friday, October 5, 2012

Three Women Charged in Jewelry Scams Targeting Chinese Seniors Must Stand Trial

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that three defendants who were charged in their involvement in jewelry scams or “ghost scams” targeting women and elderly victims in the Chinese community must stand trial. Three women are charged in connection with stealing over $100,000 worth of cash and jewelry from five victims. Read More

Friday, October 5, 2012

Governor Brown Signs Legislation Preventing Employers Benefiting from Defrauding Workers Compensation Insurance

San Francisco – This week Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 1177, legislation preventing employers convicted of criminal negligence resulting in the death or serious injury of an employee from offsetting victim restitution with employee compensation insurance without proof of paid policy premiums. SB1177, authored by Senator Mark Leno and sponsored by District Attorney George Gascón ensures victims receive full compensation from the defendant and helps deter employee insurance fraud Read More

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Fugitive Convicted of Rincon Hill Mortgage Fraud Apprehended
Defendant Jay Shah on the Run since Sept 20th Conviction

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Jay Shah, age 48, was apprehended after being a fugitive of justice for over two weeks. He was convicted on Sept 20th, 2012.of 13 felony counts, including grand theft, money laundering, forgery, filing forged documents, and conspiracy. Read More

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

District Attorney George Gascón and Community Partners Launch Anti-Bullying Video Contest

San Francisco – In honor of October’s National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month, District Attorney George Gascón joined members of the District Attorney’s Women’s Advisory Committee to launch “Bye Bye Bullying”, a video contest for San Francisco middle and high school students. The purpose of the campaign is to increase awareness about the effects of bullying on students and to encourage positive responses towards bullying. Read More

Friday, September 28, 2012

MAN CONVICTED OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER FOR 1981 RAPE AND MURDER

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Lance Ford, (age 56), was convicted of first degree murder for the 1981 rape and murder of Annie Barcelon. Read More

Thursday, September 27, 2012

One Year After Realignment, San Francisco on its Way to Becoming a Model

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón and Chief Adult Probation Officer Wendy Still announced today that one year after Governor Brown signed into law the Public Safety Realignment Act, San Francisco is on its way to becoming a model for the state. Read More

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Man Charged with 6 Felony Counts of Possession and Distribution of Child Pornography

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Lawrence Brinkin, age 66, was charged with 2 counts of distributing child pornography and 4 counts of possessing child pornography. The defendant allegedly received and sent emails containing pornographic images of children. Read More

Monday, September 24, 2012

DA Gascón Joins Bipartisan Group to Discuss Direction of Cutting-Edge Criminal Justice Policies

San Francisco, CA ?The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center brought together a group of state and local leaders from across the nation?including respected legislators, court and law enforcement officials, cabinet secretaries, and other gubernatorial appointees?in Austin, TX, this month to discuss complex criminal justice policies. Read More

Thursday September, 20, 2012

Two Defendants Convicted of Mortgage Fraud for One Rincon Hill Properties Valued at $5.5 Million
Conspiracy Involved Assumed Identities, Forged Documents, and Transferred Properties

San Francisco, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that after a six month trial Winston Lum, age 48 and Jay Shah, age 48, were found guilty of multiple felonies including money laundering, conspiracy and grand theft. Lum and Shah are two of five defendants who devised a sophisticated scheme to transfer a woman’s three condominiums at One Rincon Hill, orchestrate a $2.2 Million dollar illegal loan against the property, and money laundering. Read More

Friday, September 7, 2012

THREE REALTOR’S CONVICTED IN REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT FRAUD
$165,000 in restitution to be paid to elderly woman and 3 years jail sentence for the main defendant

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that three individuals who had been involved in the real estate/mortgage industry in the Bay Area, have been convicted of felony counts of grand theft, filing false tax returns, and accessory charges, for inducing an elderly woman to sell her home to them. The three were involved in a scheme to sell the victim’s home, steal $100,000 of the sales proceeds, and take another $65,000 relating to a subsequent investment. Read More

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Man to be Charged with Murder and Residential Robbery

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that James Rickleffs, age 45, will be charged with one count of premeditated murder and one count of first degree residential robbery. The Defendant is alleged to have murdered Eriq Escalon, a 28 year old Diamond Heights resident, who was found deceased at his apartment in the 5000 block of Diamond Heights Boulevard on June 12, 2012. Read More

 Thursday, August 30, 2012

 District Attorney and Superintendent Announce
Fifth Consecutive Year of Truancy Reduction in San Francisco

San Francisco, CA – At Philip and Sala Burton High School today, District Attorney George Gascón and Superintendent Richard Carranza kicked off the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year by announcing that, for the fifth year in a row, San Francisco has reduced the number of habitually and chronically absent children enrolled in its public schools. Read More

Monday, August 20, 2012

MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR MONEY LAUNDERING AND AGGRAVATED WHITE COLLAR CRIME

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Keith Wilson, (age 56), was sentenced to five years state prison for defrauding seven victims for over $347,000 in a money laundering scheme. Read More

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Inaugural Meeting of Sentencing Commission Held Today
DA George Gascón Outlined Goals to Reduce Recidivism While Prioritizing Public Safety

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón was joined by members of San Francisco’s Sentencing Commission today to outline goals for the Commission. The District Attorney envisions an effective, fair and efficient sentencing system for San Francisco that enhances public safety and creates a livable San Francisco. Read More

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

District Attorney George Gascón to Join 29th Annual National Night Out Celebrations

San Francisco – District Attorney George Gascón will join community members throughout the city for the 29th Annual National Night Out, a crime prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. San Francisco will be one of thousands of cities nationwide celebrating National Night Out. Read More

 Wednesday, August 1, 2012

District Attorney George Gascón Supports a Restorative Justice Approach to Bullying

SAN FRANCISCO, CA –District Attorney George Gascón addressed San Francisco Unified School District Administrators today about taking a restorative justice approach to bullying. Over four hundred people were in the audience as part of the School District’s Administrative Institute. Read More

Friday, July 20, 2012

Wilfredo “Flaco” Reyes to be Arraigned on 1st Degree Murder Charges for 2008 Triple Murder

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Wilfredo Ruano Reyes, age 31, a.k.a. “Flaco” will be arraigned for his role in the June 22, 2008 murders of Anthony, Michael and Matthew Bologna. Read More

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Guilty Verdict in Castro Misdemeanor Vehicular Manslaughter Case

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced that Gregg Wilcox, age 61, was convicted of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter for a traffic fatality that occurred on Sept 6, 2011 at 14th and Noe Streets. Read More

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Man Charged with 20 Felony Counts for Stealing Over One Hundred Bicycles

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Irving Morales-Sanchez, age 18, was arraigned on 20 felony counts of receiving or buying stolen property. Mr. Morales-Sanchez was selling stolen bicycles on Craigslist and the Oakland Flea Market. Officers found 114 bicycles in his possession. Read More

Monday, July 9, 2012

Edwin Ramos’ Co-Conspirator Wilfredo Reyes a.k.a “Flaco” Arrested for 2008 Triple Murder

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Wilfredo Ruano Reyes, age 31, a.k.a. “Flaco” was arrested this morning at 8:50am EST in Salisbury, North Carolina. Reyes had an outstanding $5 million dollar arrest warrant for his role in the 2008 triple murders of Tony, Michael and Matthew Bologna. Read More

Friday, July 6, 2012

Significant Break in Vigilante Murder Case

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced today that there has been a significant break in the June 4 murder of Calvin Sneed. New evidence shows there was a conspiracy to murder carried out by the defendants in this case. Read More

Friday, June 29, 2012

Two Men Convicted of First Degree Murder, Carjacking and Conspiracy in Bayview Homicide

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced that Sammy D. Frasier and Timothy Walker were convicted yesterday of first degree murder, carjacking and conspiracy to commit carjacking for the senseless death and carjacking of Winston Coleman. The jury returned the verdict yesterday afternoon, after just six days of deliberation. Read More

Thursday, June 14, 2012

DA George Gascón Charging Bicyclist with Felony Vehicular Manslaughter

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that a felony vehicular manslaughter charge will be filed against Chris Bucchere, age 36, a bicyclist who struck Sutchi Hui, a 71 year old man who was crossing the street with his wife on Market and Castro. Read More

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

UCSF EMPLOYEE CHARGED WITH GRAND THEFT AND FORGERY

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that criminal charges have been filed in connection with grand theft by an employee, from University of California San Francisco (UCSF). Read More

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

MAN CONVICTED OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER IN CLUB SUEDE HOMICIDE

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Keandre Davis (DOB: 1/2/1990 CN 10004191) was convicted of first degree murder for the senseless death of Lawon Hall. The jury returned the verdict today, after just two days of deliberation. Read More

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Three Women Charged in Jewelry Scam Targeting Chinese Community

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón joined Police Chief Greg Suhr today to announce the latest developments in a jewelry scam targeting women and elderly victims in the Chinese community. Three women have been charged in connection with stealing over $100,000 worth of cash and jewelry from five victims. Read More

Monday, May 14, 2012

Man to Stand Trial for Three Mission District Sexual Assaults

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Frederick Dozier, Jr., age 32, was held to answer on a total of 24 felony counts, including attempted murder, robbery, kidnapping and sexual assault. The sexual assaults occurred between June 2011 and December 2011 in the Mission District. Read More

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

$1.96 Million Settlement for 2009 San Francisco Bay Oil Spill

San Francisco – San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley announced today that a $1.96 million settlement was reached in a civil action against the owner and operator of the Dubai Star for causing an oil spill in the San Francisco Bay on October 30, 2009. This civil settlement is the result of a unique partnership between local law enforcement and the California Department of Fish and Game. Read More

Friday, May 4, 2012

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón Offered Support to
Mission Merchants Hit by Vandalism from May 1st Protests

San Francisco – San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón joined merchants from the Mission District today to call attention to a fundraising effort to help businesses who suffered damages brought on by reckless vandalism from the May 1st protests. Read More

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

DISTRICT ATTORNEY GEORGE GASCÓN LAUNCHES
CITYWIDE ELDER FINANCIAL ABUSE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón was at the San Francisco Senior Center in the Tenderloin today to launch a citywide multilingual elder financial abuse prevention campaign. He was joined by representatives from the San Francisco Elder Abuse Forensic Center, San Francisco Senior Center, Adult Protective Services, and Kimochi Senior Center. Read More

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón to Honor Victims and Witnesses
8th Annual Justice Awards Ceremony Held in Recognition of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

San Francisco - In recognition of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón will honor outstanding individuals and organizations today at the District Attorney’s 8th Annual Justice Awards. This year’s theme is “Extending the Vision: Reaching Every Victim”. Read More

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Man Acting as Fake Doctor Faces 17 More Felony Charges, Two New Victims Added to the Complaint, 9 Total Victims

San Francisco – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that two additional victims have come forward in the case against Carlos Guzmangarza, age 49, of San Francisco, a man who is charged with practicing medicine without a license, stealing the identity of a physician’s assistant and causing great bodily harm to some of his victims. Read More

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Man Sentenced in Financial District Hit-and-Run Involving 9-Year Old Boy

SAN FRANCISCO – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Andrew Alan Vargas (DOB: 11/7/1989) was sentenced to one felony count of driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and an allegation that great bodily injury was inflicted during the commission of the offense. Read More

Friday, April 4, 2012

Edwin Parada Sentenced for Mortgage Fraud Scheme

SAN FRANCISCO – District Attorney George Gascón announced today the sentencing of Edwin Parada, age 33, who pled guilty to 24 felony counts for a fraud involving mortgage and investment scams targeting Spanish-speaking homeowners in San Francisco. Parada was sentenced by Judge John Dearman to 15 years state prison. The People will submit restitution orders with the court on May 18, 2012. Read More

Monday, March 19, 2012

Mirkarimi Sentenced for Misdemeanor False Imprisonment

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced that Ross Mirkarimi was sentenced today for a domestic violence incident that occurred on December 31, 2011 involving his wife and in the presence of their child. Read More

Monday, March 12, 2012

Bicyclist Pleads Guilty to Misdemeanor Vehicular Manslaughter

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Randolph Ang, age 23, pled guilty to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter for a traffic fatality accident that occured while he was riding his bicycle. Read More

Monday, March 12, 2012

Plea Agreement Reached with Mirkarimi

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Ross Mirkarimi pled guilty to misdemeanor false imprisonment for a domestic violence incident that occurred on December 31, 2011 involving his wife and in the presence of their child. Read More

Monday, February 27, 2012

Cole Hardware Pled Guilty to Involvement in a Procurement Scam
to Defraud San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced that Cole Hardware pled guilty on February 24 to felony charges in a procurement scam to defraud the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). As a result of the plea Cole Hardware will be ordered to pay $51,000 in restitution to the SFPUC. Read More

Friday, February 17, 2012

San Francisco Police Officer Charged with Domestic Violence Assault

San Francisco – District Attorney George Gascón announced today the bringing of assault charges against Richard Soares, a San Francisco Police Officer. Soares is charged with having assaulted a young woman he was dating while he was off-duty.  Read More

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

San Francisco Airport Shuttle Company and Two Managers Charged with Making Illegal Contributions to Ed Lee Mayoral Campaign

San Francisco – District Attorney George Gascón announced today the bringing of charges against Lorrie’s Travel & Tours, Inc., better known as GO Lorrie’s, one of the larger passenger shuttle companies at San Francisco International Airport. Read More

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Man to be Arraigned on Cold Hit Murder Case from 1983

San Francisco – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that William Payne, age 47, is scheduled to be arraigned today for one count of first degree murder. Read More

Friday, January 27, 2012

City Contractor Charged with Cheating Employees Out of Over $600,000 in Wages and Failing to Pay Over $100,000 in Workers’ Compensation Insurance Premiums

San Francisco – District Attorney George Gascón and Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced today that Frances Ann Doherty, 51, of Millbrae was scheduled to be arraigned on 57 felony counts related to wage theft, filing Read More

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Man Sentenced to 205 Years to Life for First Degree Murder and Sexual Assault on a Minor

San Francisco – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Umar Hudson, age 35, was sentenced to 205 years to life in state prison. This morning, Judge Jerome T. Benson of the San Francisco Superior Court imposed sentence on Hudson. Read More

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Medi-Cal Eligibility Worker Charged with Posession of Stolen Client Information

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that criminal charges have been filed in connection with the theft of confidential information from the San Francisco Human Services Agency (“HSA”). More than 3,000 applicants for and recipients of Medi-Cal had their confidential information stolen. Read More

Friday, January 20, 2012

DA George Gascón Charging Four Traffic Fatality Cases with Misdemeanor Vehicular Manslaughter

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that his office has filed misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charges on four traffic fatality cases involving a MUNI driver, a UCSF shuttle bus driver, a bicyclist, and a driver wearing a cast while operating his vehicle. All four incidents occurred from July, 2011 to September 2011. Read More

Friday, January 13, 2012

Ross Mirkarimi to Face Misdeamanor Charges for Domestic Violence Allegations

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that charges have been brought against Ross Mirkarimi, Sheriff of the City and County of San Francisco for allegations of domestic violence surrounding an incident with his wife on December 31, 2011.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Man to be Arraigned on 26 Felony Counts for Three Mission District Sexual Assaults

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Frederick Dozier, Jr., age 32, to be arraigned on a total of 26 felony counts of attempted murder, robbery, and sexual assault. The sexual assaults occurred between June 2011 and December 2011 in the Mission District. Read More

Friday, January 06, 2012

Man Sentenced to 29 Years to Life for Child Molestation

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Julius Lewis (DOB 4/2/1961 CN 2344913) was sentenced to 29 years to life for his conviction of five counts of lewd acts upon a child under the age of fourteen Read More

Wednesday, December 28 2011

Judge Finds Sufficient Evidence to Order Printing Company, Owner and Foreman to Trial in 2008 Death of Pregnant Worker

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced that after three weeks of testimony at a preliminary hearing, Judge Newton Lam ruled there was sufficient evidence to hold the defendants to answer on criminal charges filed in connection with the death of a pregnant worker who was crushed by a machine at her job on January 29, 2008. Read More

Friday, December 23, 2011

Man Acting as Fake Doctor in the Mission Arrested and Facing Felony Charges
Defendant Charged with Performing Liposuction and Other Medical Procedures

San Francisco – District Attorney George Gascón announced today the arrest of Carlos Guzmangarza, age 49, of San Francisco for practicing medicine without a license. Guzmangarza, who has no medical license, faces felony charges for stealing the identity of a physician’s assistant and performing invasive medical procedures on two victims without a license. Read More

Friday, December 16, 2011

Unlicensed Contractor Sentenced to One Year in Jail for Wage Theft and Defrauding Homeowners

SAN FRANCISCO – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Danny Ho, age 53 of San Francisco, was been sentenced to one year in county jail in connection with his theft of labor from workers and his misappropriation of money paid to him by San Francisco homeowners for remodel jobs. Ho was convicted of felony counts for grand theft of labor, fraudulently posing as a licensed contractor, and misappropriation of construction funds. Read More

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Former SF Department of Public Health Employees Charged with Felony Counts for Food Safety Bribery Scheme

San Francisco – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that two former Environmental Health Inspectors for San Francisco’s Department of Public Health Food Safety Program were arraigned on multiple felony charges for their alleged roles in a food safety bribery scheme involving local restaurants. Read More

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Jury Convicts Man of First Degree Murder and Sexual Assault on a Minor

San Francisco – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Umar Hudson, age 35, was convicted of first degree murder and 4 counts of sexual assault on a minor. The conviction came after a month long jury trial in San Francisco Superior Court Department 21 before the Honorable Jerome Benson. Read More

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

DA George Gascón, Walk SF and SF Bicycle Coalition Call for Safer Streets this Holiday Season

San Francisco – District Attorney George Gascón, was joined by representatives from Walk San Francisco and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition to call for safer streets this holiday season. Over the last six months, the District Attorney’s Office has seen 4 cases involving pedestrian fatalities. In most of these cases, the accident could have been avoided with more vigilance. Read more

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Gary Scott Holland Pleads Guilty to First Degree Murder of Russian Hill Woman

San Francisco - District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Scott Holland “aka Gary Scott Holland” (DOB 6/29/67) pled guilty to the first degree murder of Kathleen “Kate” Horan, a 46-year-old resident of San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood. Read More

Friday, October 28, 2011

Craigslist Apartment Scammer Rachael Marie Smith Sentenced to Two Years

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced that Rachael Marie Smith (DOB: 12/4/1980 CN 10021872), was sentenced today to two years for swindling 18 would be renters she found on Craigslist out of their first month’s rent and security deposits. Read more


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Picasso Thief Pleads Guilty to Felony Grand Theft

San Francisco – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Mark Lugo, a 31-year-old Hoboken, New Jersey resident, pled guilty to one count of felony grand theft for stealing an original pencil drawing by Pablo Picasso called “Tête de Femme” from Weinstein Art Gallery in Union Square. Read more

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Plaid Bandit Bank Robber Arraigned on Robbery and Burglary Charges

San Francisco - District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Donald Gene Booth, 68 was arraigned on six counts of second degree robbery and four counts of burglary Read More

October 19, 2011

District Attorney Gascón Announces Victim Services Expansion in Chinatown

SAN FRANCISO – District Attorney George Gascón announced that the District Attorney’s Office is expanding the reach of its Victim Services Division by holding drop-in office hours in Chinatown at Cameron House Read More

October 17, 2011

District Attorney George Gascón and Superintendent Carlos Garcia
Announce Innovative Pilot Program to Combat Chronic Truancy

San Francisco – District Attorney George Gascón and Superintendent Carlos Garcia were joined by School Board member Rachel Norton, Principal Bill Kappenhagen, Chip Rich, Executive Director, Urban Services YMCA and Tacing Parker, Director of the Urban Services YMCA-run Truancy Assessment and Resource Center (TARC) to announce an innovative pilot program to reduce truancy at Burton High School located in the Silver Terrace neighborhood in San Francisco. Read More

October 13, 2011

Guilty Verdicts on Assault of Two Mexican Nationals by Individuals Linked to Organized Racist Skinhead Group

San Francisco - District Attorney George Gascón announced today that a San Francisco jury convicted Robert Allen, age 39, and Justin Meskan, age 29, individuals with links to a racist skinhead group, of assaulting two Mexican Nationals, Alex Cauich and Jose Omar Cauich. This case has helped uncover an underground network of racist skinhead groups operating in San Francisco. Read More

October 11, 2011

District Attorney George Gascón Expands Neighborhood Prosecution and Neighborhood Courts Program

SAN FRANCISCO – District Attorney George Gascón announced today the launch of the Neighborhood Prosecution and Neighborhood Courts Program at Northern and Park Police Stations, expanding into the Western Addition, Haight, Civic Center, Hayes Valley, Pacific Heights, Marina and Inner Sunset areas. Read More

October 5, 2011

DA George Gascón Employs Key Strategies to Aid Domestic Violence Victims from Immigrant Communities

SAN FRANCISCO – District Attorney George Gascón, in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month, announced today two important strategies the District Attorney’s Office is employing to protect domestic violence victims and all victims of crime, regardless of their immigration status. Read more

September 30, 2011

Grand Jury Indicts Suspects on German Tourist Murder Case

SAN FRANCISCO – District Attorney George Gascón was joined by representatives from the German Consulate today as he announced the Grand Jury indictments of seven suspects for the August 2010 shooting death of 50-year-old Mechthild Schroer, a tourist visiting from Germany, and the wounding of two other victims. Read More

September 27, 2011

San Francisco to Create Sentencing Commission and Recidivism Ordinance to Address Realignment State Legislation Due to Take Effect October 1

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - District Attorney George Gascón, Supervisor Scott Wiener, and Supervisor Malia Cohen held a press conference today with law enforcement officials to announce the introduction of the Sentencing Commission and Recidivism Reduction Ordinance which is being introduced at the Board of Supervisors meeting today. Read More

September 19, 2011

Former SF Public Utilities Commission Supervisor Pleads Guilty to Felony Charges in a Procurement Scam to Embezzle City Funds for Personal Gain

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Donnie Alan Thomas, a former Supervisor at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), pled guilty to felony charges in a procurement scam to defraud the PUC for personal benefit. Read more

September 14, 2011

DA Gascón Announces Charges in Mortgage Fraud Elder Abuse Case

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today the charging of Carlos and Karla Parada, a father and daughter, who allegedly defrauded a 71-year-old woman and her son in a mortgage fraud scheme. A third defendant, Geovanny Avendano was also charged as part of the alleged fraud.  Read More

August 29, 2011

Rachael Marie Smith Pleads Guilty

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Rachael Marie Smith (DOB: 12/4/1980 CN 10021872) pled guilty to three counts of grand theft.
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August 24, 2011

DA Gascón Hosts Regional Realignment Summit

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today the successful completion of the Regional Realignment Summit where ten Bay Area counties joined together to discuss and prepare for Realignment.  Read More

August 24, 2011

Karl Nicholas Sentenced for Ballot Theft

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Karl Bradfield Nicholas, (CN 10032811), was sentenced to a year in county jail for stealing ballots from a polling place on November 2, 2010.
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August 14, 2011

DA and Superintendent Announce 4th Consecutive Year of Truancy Reduction in SF

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – City and state leaders kicked off the 2011-2012 school year, which begins Monday, August 15, by announcing that for the fourth year in a row, San Francisco has reduced the number of habitually and chronically absent children enrolled in its public schools. Read More

August 9, 2011

District Attorney Gascón Charges Defendant in Hit-and-Run Involving 9-year-old Boy and Adult Female

SAN FRANCISCO – District Attorney George Gascón announced on August 8, 2011 that Andrew Alan Vargas (DOB: 11/7/1989) has been charged with two counts of felony drunk driving with injury and one felony count of hit-and-run with injury which also carries an allegation of causing great bodily injury. Read More

August 3, 2011

Man Ordered to Stand Trial for Attempted Murders

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced today that David M. Clark (DOB 11/28/1970, CN 10017007) was held to answer on four attempted murder charges.  Read More

July 28, 2011

Man Convicted of Attempted Manslaughter

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Julius Joel Lee, (DOB: 5-5-81, CN 10024501), was convicted of attempted manslaughter. The conviction came after a three week trial in San Francisco Superior Court Department 25 before the Honorable Anne-Christine Massullo. Read More

July 28, 2011

Lucinda Moyers Scheduled for Arraignment on Monday, August 1, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced today that the arraignment of Lucinda Moyers (CTN: 11019878) was put over until Monday, August 1, 2011 at 9 am PDT in Department 12 of San Francisco Superior Court. Read More

July 27, 2011

DA Gascón Announces Expansion in Availability of Victim Services

SAN FRANCISO – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that the District Attorney’s Office is expanding the reach of its Victim Services Division by holding office hours in the community. Read More

March 7, 2011

San Francisco State Cheerleading Club Coach Pleads Guilty

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Ashlee Nicole Haley (CN 10027928) pled guilty to embezzlement of cheerleader funds. Read More

March 7, 2011

San Francisco Woman Charged with Assault on a Parking Control Officer

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today the arraignment of Amanda Rojas (DOB 3/26/83, CN 11006221) for assault and battery on a parking control officer. Read More

February 28, 2011

Craig Carlos Valentino Pleads Guilty

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Craig Carlos-Valentino (DOB: 11/28/58 CN 10033609) pled guilty to felony child endangerment and making a false bomb threat. Read More

February 23, 2011

District Attorney George Gascón Announces Office-Wide Restructuring

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced today a streamlining of operations in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office with an office-wide restructuring. The effort includes a reduction in the Office’s executive staff and realignment of key prosecution teams. Read More

February 22, 2011

District Attorney George Gascón Appoints Senior Mayoral Aide Cristine DeBerry, New Chief of Staff

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced that he has appointed Cristine Soto DeBerry as his chief of staff. DeBerry currently serves as deputy chief of staff to Mayor Ed Lee, a role she also served for Mayor Gavin Newsom. She is also a former deputy public defender. Read More

February 15, 2011

Man Convicted of First Degree Murder in 2003 Tenderloin Shooting

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Joevan Bowen, (CN 2435626), was convicted by a jury for the murder of Armando Arce. Read More

February 15, 2011

Former Funeral Home Operators Charged with Misappropriating Funds

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today the charging of Derek Washington, age 38 of Oakland, and Donald Rollins, age 56 of Fairfield, the operators of a now-defunct funeral home for misappropriating customer funds intended to pay for funeral services. Read More

February 8, 2011

Former PUC Engineer Charged with Insurance Fraud

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Louis Felix Dobert, age 68, (CTN 2457683), of Martinez, CA, was charged with insurance fraud. Read More

February 4, 2011

Defendants Pled Guilty to Manslaughter in the Death of San Francisco Police Officer Nick Tomasito Birco

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Carl Lather, and Nicholas Smith, pled guilty to manslaughter and robbery in connection with the death of San Francisco Police Officer Nick Tomasito Birco (CNS 2362612, 2362613). Read More

February 2, 2011

San Francisco Police Officer Charged with Embezzlement and Vehicle Registration Fraud

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced today that San Francisco Police Officer Gregory Hui, age 45, has been charged with two felony counts of violating the California Vehicle Code and one misdemeanor count of embezzlement. Read More

February 2, 2011

Almon Johnson Arraigned for Lower Haight Murder

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today the arraignment of Almon Johnson (DOB 11-20-81 CN 11002520) for the murder of Vanessa Herrera. Read More

February 2, 2011

Murder Charges Filed in Potrero Hill Shooting

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced today the charging of Antoine Grays (DOB 5/17/81) for the murder of Sylvestri Brown (DOB 3/27/77). Toyia Taylor (DOB 10/4/91) is charged with being an accessory to the murder. Read More

February 1, 2011

Murder Charges Filed in Fisherman’s Wharf Shootings

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced today the charging of Hong Ri Wu (DOB: 9/14/1954) with two counts murder for the shooting deaths of Feng Ping Ou (DOB: 6/18/1980) and Qiong Han Chu (DOB: 12/26/1980). Read More

January 26, 2011

Former San Francisco City Employee Charged with Insurance Fraud

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Gonzalo Fierro, age 44, and Andrew Giovannini, M.D., age 75, have been charged with insurance fraud. Read More

January 25, 2011

Daniel Goodwin Convicted

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Daniel Dale Goodwin, (CN 2455415), was convicted by a jury of public nuisance and obstructing arrest. Read More

January 25, 2011

Defendant Sentenced to Life Without the Possibility of Parole for the Murder of San Francisco Police Officer Nick Tomasito Birco

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Steven Petrilli, (CN 2362614), was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for the murder of Nick Tomasito Birco. The defendant was sentenced in San Francisco Superior Court by the Honorable Newton Lam. Read More

January 24, 2011

Man Convicted of Attempted Murder in Tenderloin Shooting

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Faustino Perez, age 49, of San Francisco was convicted of attempted murder and other charges following a six-week jury trial. Read More

January 21, 2011

San Francisco Man Arraigned in Polk Street Murder

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today the arraignment of Jodie Daniels (DOB 2/19/81). Defendant Daniels is charged with the murder and robbery of Terry Turner. Read More

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