Loan application sinks Jew
Supervisor Ed Jew has been ordered to stand trial by Judge Harold
regarding allegations he does not live in the district he represents.
By Emmett Berg
August 1, 2007
Prosecutors are relying on a loan application filled out by
Supervisor Ed Jew in 2005 to show that he did not live at a home
he owned in San Francisco but had for years resided outside the
During a three-day preliminary hearing in San Francisco Superior
Court, Assistant District Attorney Evan Ackiron presented testimony
from neighbors to the Sunset District home at 2450 28th Ave. Utility
workers and investigators were also brought in to substantiate
nine felony charges alleging false claims of residency and violations
of the elections code.
The prosecutor also alleged a crime not even covered in the indictment:
that Jew had allegedly forged the name of his brother David Jew
on an absentee ballot request form last year.
But Ackiron concluded his argument before Judge Harold Kahn by
pointing to fine print in a universal loan application he said
was completed by Jew in 2005. Jew was seeking money to buy property
The fine print in the loan application said lying about information
provided in the form was a federal offense. In the form Jew stated
his current address as Chandler, Ariz., and his previous address
as Burlingame, where he stated he had lived for six years, according
Ackiron said that if Jew was truthful in the loan application,
he could not have been truthful when he registered to vote in
San Francisco in 2003.
"If the reverse is true, this document is false and Mr.
Jew has committed a federal crime," the prosecutor said.
Assistant District Attorney Evan Ackiron
Bill Fazio, Jew's attorney, has said that the documents and testimony
presented by prosecutors were not conclusive, and that neighbors
who testified may be unreliable.
Outside court, Fazio said the prosecution case was "weak"
and that his client would prevail.
"This was their best shot," Fazio said. "Ed Jew
hasn't even begun to fight."
Defense Attorney Bill Fazio
Conviction on the charges could strip Jew from his spot on the
San Francisco Board of Supervisors and result in prison time.
Outside court Jew was asked how he would handle being a defendant
in a criminal trial while still fulfilling the responsibilities
of his public office.
"Let me just say this, I was at the board meeting until
about 8:30 last night. And if need be, I'll be there today, tomorrow,
the next day and so forth," Jew told reporters. "You
make it work."
A representative of the district attorney said she expected a
trial to last between one and two weeks.
Kahn set Aug. 20 as a date for further arraignment and setting
of a trial date.
Jew's troubles began in May when agents from the FBI allegedly
caught him with cash given to restaurant owners seeking a permit
in the supervisor's district. No federal charges have been filed
and Jew has denied wrongdoing.
Media scrutiny following the raid led to questions about Jew's
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