Jew turns himself in to police
Embattled Supervisor Ed Jew at today's Board of Supervisors meeting,
turned himself in to authorities after a warrant for his arrest
was issued stemming from felony criminal charges filed against
him by the District Attorney's Office.
By Emmett Berg and Tamara Barak
June 12, 2007, 10:38 p.m.
Accompanied by family members and a bail bondsman, embattled
San Francisco Supervisor Ed Jew surrendered himself to police
tonight after a day that brought the filing of several felony
charges against him.
Jew arrived around 7 p.m. to Burlingame police headquarters to
be booked on nine counts sought by San Francisco District Attorney
Kamala Harris. The accusations stem from allegations that the
recently elected supervisor does not live in the electoral district
he represents, despite claims Jew made on candidate filing papers.
Burlingame police Sgt. Jeff Downs said Jew was booked on the
charges and then posted 10 percent, or $13,500 bail. The remaining
90 percent was posted through a bail bonds agency, Downs said.
Jew's mug shot would be released later, he said.
Earlier today, the district attorney complaint filed in San Francisco
Superior Court alleged that Jew lied under oath and falsified
documents regarding his residency in order to obtain a seat on
the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
Jew has been charged with four felony counts of perjury, one
count of filing a false document, and four felony counts of violating
the elections code.
The district attorney's office began its investigation of Jew
May 18, immediately after the FBI's public corruption unit executed
search warrants on the supervisor's properties. The FBI is reportedly
investigating $40,000 in cash Jew allegedly accepted from a group
of businessmen having permit problems. Jew denies wrongdoing.
The criminal accusations against Jew allege that when he filed
the necessary papers to run for city supervisor representing the
Sunset District, he did not live at 2450 28th Ave. as he claimed.
Mayor Gavin Newsom reacted to the charges against Jew with a
pledge to monitor the situation closely.
"These serious charges go to the heart of the integrity
of the electoral process," Newsom said in a statement released
tonight. "I will carefully review the facts of this matter
as the city attorney, the district attorney and the FBI continue
to investigate these serious issues."
Neither Jew nor his lawyer, Steven Gruel, was immediately available
for comment following Jew's self-surrender to Burlingame police.
The district attorney's office alleges that in addition to filing
false documents in his 2006 campaign for supervisor, Jew also
committed perjury by using the Sunset District address to register
to vote and file an application with the Department of Motor Vehicles.
He is also accused of committing voter fraud by voting in the
2006 election under a false address.
On Monday, City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Deputy City Attorney
Chad Jacobs wrote
to Gruel, claiming Jew did not fully respond to the city's
previous request for documentation that would prove that the supervisor
lives in the district he represents. Media outlets obtained copies
of the letter.
Jew responded to the request last week, but left out pertinent
information such as utility and phone bills from his alleged residence,
according to Herrera.
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