Daly City official Maggie Gomez headed to trial in March on fraud charges 

 A Daly City council member is headed for a March trial on felony worker’s compensation fraud charges after she appeared in court Monday but did not reach a settlement with prosecutors, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

Maggie Gomez, 55, appeared with attorney Michael Rains in San Mateo County Superior Court for a pretrial conference in advance of a scheduled March 7 jury trial.

The two sides had a closed-door discussion but could not agree on a resolution to the case, said Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti. Judge Lisa Novak then confirmed Gomez’s March 7 trial date.

Gomez is facing 16 felony charges for allegedly filing a worker’s compensation claim in 2005 and lying about the extent of her injuries. She pleaded not guilty to the charges in December 2009 and is out of custody on $100,000 bail.

If she pleads guilty or is convicted of any of the charges, Gomez would be forced to leave office. District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe has said he can’t recall another time in his three decades as a prosecutor that a Peninsula politician was expelled from office due to a felony conviction.

Monday was the first time Gomez has appeared in court since she was re-elected in November to a third term on the five-member council.

sbishop@sfexaminer.com

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