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Friday
Aug222014

San Francisco Police Investigate Early-Morning Assault

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Police are investigating after a man was assaulted early Friday morning in San Francisco's Richmond District.

The incident was reported just before 2 a.m. in the area of Third Avenue and Geary Boulevard. Police said a 23-year-old man was punched, and knocked to the ground, while arguing with another man. As the man lay on the ground, his attacker reportedly then stood over him, and hit him again. The attacker then fled the scene on foot.

The victim was taken to an area hospital for treatment, however, there were no immediate arrests.


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Friday
Aug222014

SFPD to Conduct Weekend Anti-DUI Operations 

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The San Francisco Police Department's Traffic Unit will conduct anti-DUI patrol operations Friday and Saturday in an effort to reduce the number of deaths and injuries in alcohol and drug-related crashes.

Between 8 p.m. Friday and 3 a.m. Saturday, officers will manage checkpoints to look for signs of impairment and proper licensing.

"In 2013, San Francisco had one traffic fatality related to a DUI driver," said Officer Gordon Shyy. "We want to continue our education campaign and look for zero traffic fatalities related to alcohol."

Officials claim crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent with checkpoints and patrols.

Individuals caught can face jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes and expenses up to $10,000.


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Friday
Aug222014

San Francisco, Los Banos Doctor Sentenced for $3.2 Million Medicare Fraud 

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- A Bay-area doctor and his associate were sentenced to prison and probation for conspiring to commit health care fraud, officials announced Wednesday.

Edna Calaustro, a San Francisco and Los Banos-based physician, received a two-year prison sentence, while Mele Saavedra, a recruiter, received a three-year probation sentence for involvement in the scheme.

From December 2006 through July 2011, two medical supply company owners submitted more than 400 false and fraudulent claims to Medicare using fake prescriptions and medical records prepared by Calaustro.

Saavedra and associates recruited beneficiaries in local neighborhoods, including locations at a fast food restaurant and senior center. Calaustro would then visit the beneficiaries homes, copy their Medicare cards and conduct "sham examinations" for background information, according to officials. The claims were then submitted to Medicare through the suppliers.

The two pleaded guilty in 2013 to conspiracy to commit health care fraud, conspiracy to receive kickbacks involving the Medicare program, and health care fraud.


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Thursday
Aug212014

Man Injured in Mission District Robbery 

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- A man was transported to San Francisco General Hospital after an alleged attack by a group of men in the Mission District Thursday morning.

The victim, 35, told police he was standing in the 3000 block of 16th Street around 1:30 a.m. when he was approached and attacked by six men who kicked and punched him.

The man was allegedly kicked and punched to the point of losing consciousness. When he woke up, his cell phone had been stolen.
 
Police say the victim suffered a broken tooth.


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Thursday
Aug212014

Cupertino Businessman Sentenced for Employment Visa Fraud Scheme

(SAN JOSE, Calif.) -- A Cupertino businessman received a 10-month sentence for his involvement in an employment visa fraud scheme, officials announced Tuesday.

Balakrishnan Patwardhan, 54, pleaded guilty to 19 counts of visa fraud, admitting that he submitted false immigration forms to U.S. services to obtain H-1B visas for 19 applicants.

Patwardhan claimed the applicants had "high technology job offers" with Gilead Science in Foster City, while in reality, he knew they had no such employment prospects, according to officials.

The defendant also said he altered contracts and provided false statements of work.

Patwardhan faces five months in prison and five months of home confinement with electronic monitoring, and is also ordered to pay $100,000 in restitution for funds he received from the plot.


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Thursday
Aug212014

Bank of America Settlement Benefits California Pension Funds

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Bank of America has reached a nearly $17 billion agreement to settle an investigation into allegations that the bank misled purchasers of mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis.

The deal will see Bank of America paying $9.65 billion in cash, and providing consumer relief valued at $7 billion.

According to the state's attorney general's office, California will recover $300 million in damages, which will go towards reimbursing the state’s pension funds -- CalPERS and CalSTRS -- for losses on investments in mortgage-backed securities from the bank. California and is also guaranteed at least $500 million in consumer relief credits.


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Wednesday
Aug202014

Woman Robbed on Muni Bus

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- A man and a woman remain at-large after a robbery with a knife in the Central District on Monday.

According to the San Francisco Police Department, the victim was walking on the Muni bus when a man and a woman grabbed her hair and stole her cell phone. When both suspects got off the bus, the victim chased them. One of the suspects then allegedly revealed a knife and told the victim "to back off," police say.

According to police, the suspects are described as a black woman and a black man, both about 18 years old. No arrests have been made.

 


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Wednesday
Aug202014

Man Arrested in Stabbing Case in Tenderloin District

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- A man was taken into custody after a stabbing Monday morning in the Tenderloin District.

The San Francisco Police Department reports that the suspect was on the 300 block of Ellis Street when he stabbed the victim with a knife.

The victim was not seriously injured.

The suspect, a 34-year-old man, was arrested.

 


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Wednesday
Aug202014

Aunt Charged in Hit-and-Run that Killed 2-Year-Old Girl

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Police have made an arrest in a hit-and-run collision that killed a two-year-old girl last week. But it's not the driver involved who was arrested, instead, it's the child's aunt.

Lorysha Gage, 25, is charged with felony child endangerment. The toddler was in Gage's care when the child was struck and killed by an eastbound vehicle on Mission Street last Friday.

San Francsico Police said the woman and the girl attempted to cross the roadway against the pedestrian signal, even though the signal was working at the time, and remains working.

"The aunt walked the the female child into the middle of the street, while the female child’s twin brother remained on the sidewalk," a release issued by Public Information Officer, Albie Esparza, stated. "The aunt left the female child in the middle of the street to return to sidewalk to retrieve the twin brother. It was at this time, the female child was struck and killed by the (still outstanding) vehicle travelling on Mission Street with the green light."

The search continues for the driver involved.


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Tuesday
Aug192014

Man Robbed at Gunpoint in Ingleside District

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Three men and one woman are at-large after an armed robbery Monday morning in the Ingleside District.

According to the San Francisco Police Department, the suspects knocked a man to the ground and punched and kicked him several times.

One suspect pointed a gun and the group then stole the man's wallet, chain, bracelet, and watch. They then fled on foot.

The victim was hospitalized in non-life-threatening condition.

No arrests have been made.


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