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Three Men Sentenced for Gang-Related Murder

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Three members of the MS-13 gang received 27-year prison sentences for the 2010 murder of a man they believed to be a rival, officials announced Wednesday.

Davie Jimmy Mejia-Sensente, also known as “Crazy” or “Loco”; Carlos Mejia- Quintanilla, known as  “Sleepy” or “Dormido”; and Luis Amilar-Zanas, or  “Trucha,” were all members of La Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), originally joining in El Salvador.

Officials said one of the principal group rules is for members to seek out and kill rival gang members.

The three men were on a Muni 14 Mission bus on June 20, 2010, headed from San Francisco to Daly City, when they noticed victim Alexander Temaj-Castanon.

The defendants believed Temaj-Castanon looked like a Norteño gang member, from a principal rival group. As a result, the three conspired to kill him, shooting him twice in the area of Mission Street.

Temaj-Castanon died from his gunshot wounds and was not affiliated with any gang, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

“We’re gratified by today’s sentences because they represent another important stride in our ongoing effort to combat gang-related crime in the Bay Area,” said Tatum King, acting special agent in charge for ICE, HSI San Francisco.

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Argument Over Camp Site Leads to Early-Morning Shooting

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- An argument over a place to camp in San Francisco's Mission District Thursday morning, led to one person being shot, police said.

The incident was reported shortly after 4 a.m. in the area of 13th and Mission Streets. Police said two men were arguing over a campsite location, when one of the men pulled out a handgun and shot the other man in the leg. The shooter then fled scene.

The wounded 48-year-old man was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
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Maintenance Worker Arrested for Burglarizing Senior Homes 

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- San Mateo Police arrested a building maintenance worker Tuesday after he allegedly used spare keys to steal from senior living apartments.

Officials accused Eric Gamboa, a 37-year-old former San Francisco resident, of involvement in six separate burglaries at a senior facility on Crystal Springs Road.

Gamboa allegedly entered the residences while tenants were away and took personal property, including jewelry, wristwatches, and cash.

He faces six counts of felony burglary and elder abuse.

"The City of San Mateo is home to a large number of senior care facilities and senior living homes," police said in a statement. "Thus, SMPD has zero tolerance for crimes committed against our senior citizens such as this one."

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Real Estate Investors Charged with Rigging Bids at Public Auctions 

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Five real estate investors were charged for their alleged roles in rigging bids at public foreclosure actions, officials announced Tuesday.

Northern California investors Joseph Giraudo, Raymond Grinsell, Kevin Cullinane, James Appenrodt, and Abraham Farag are accused of defrauding mortgage holders and others by agreeing to stop bidding for properties during events in San Mateo and San Francisco counties.

The investors took the actions in return for payoffs and concealed the fact that funds were diverted from homeowners and mortgage holders.

From 2008 to 2011, the defendants planned to rig bids in order to obtain several properties sold at auctions. They also allegedly paid others not to bid and accepted bribes.

“These charges demonstrate our continued commitment to investigate and prosecute individuals and organizations responsible for the corruption of the public foreclosure auction process,” said David J. Johnson, FBI Special Agent in Charge of the San Francisco Field Office. “The FBI is committed to work these important cases and remains unwavering in our dedication to bring the members of these illegal conspiracies to justice.”

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Danville Couple Charged with Tax Fraud, Accused of Pocketing Donations

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Officials charged a Danville couple with tax fraud, accusing the pair of collecting donations for an Islamic organization and pocketing some of the funds.

From 2005 through 2008, Kamran Azizi was responsible for collecting the money at several MTO centers in Northern California, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Members of MTO, a Sufi Islamic organization, made donations through cash or checks.

Hedyeh Shoar, who served as an MTO accountant, worked for the group during the three years her husband accepted donations. Officials allege Azizi kept a portion of the funds for his own benefit with the assistance of his wife, then filed tax returns that omitted the donations.

Azizi was arraigned Monday, while Shoar remains a fugitive, authorities said.

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