Archived Press Releases 2011

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