A San Francisco Sheriff’s’ Deputy, who allegedly had “intimate relations” with a county jail inmate and who gave the convicted gun-trafficker her city-issued weapon after his release, was arraigned on federal fraud charges Friday.
Veteran Deputy April Myres, 52, was arrested Thursday by FBI agents, and her San Francisco home was searched.
Myres has been charged with mail fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit both types of fraud in relation to an alleged scheme involving her son and the inmate, 32-year-old Antoine Fowler. Fowler and Myres’ son allegedly staged a robbery in Myres’ home so she could file a false insurance claim for more than $67,000, according to court filings.
Myres, who has been released on $1 million bail, was also charged with disposing of a firearm by giving it to Fowler, a convicted felon.
Fowler was arrested in Oakland on Feb. 2. He has been charged for being a felon in possession of a weapon, which was found in his car at the time of his arrest.
Myres and Fowler were arraigned in U.S. District Court in San Francisco on Friday.
Meanwhile, the Sheriff’s Department has put Myres on administrative leave and condemned the alleged acts.
“The behavior described in the allegations against Ms. Myres falls well below the standard of conduct we and the public expect of peace officers, and it is not reflective of the hard work and dedication of the men and women of the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department,” said a sheriff’s department statement.
Myres last worked at San Francisco General Hospital. She has been a deputy since 1996 and allegedly met Fowler when he served time in County Jail from 2010 to 2016 for a conviction related to manufacturing, transporting and selling assault weapons.
According to the charging documents, Fowler’s cellmate, starting in June 2015, said that the two lovers would communicate through the bars and then meet in the gym alone. The cellmate also told the FBI that Myres promised to get a Glock for Fowler upon his release.
Fowler, who gave Myres the nickname “Scarlet Red,” also allegedly planned to go on vacation to Hawaii with her.
The day of Fowler’s release, he was picked up outside of the jail by someone driving a Honda who drove him to Myres’ San Francisco home.
In March 2016, Myres filed a police report alleging that her home had been burglarized and that her Glock pistol, along with other items, had been taken. She subsequently filed an insurance claim for the items.
But in the court filings, the FBI claimed surveillance video shows Myres was home at the time of the alleged burglary. A confidential informant told investigators that the affair was an “insurance scam,” which one of Myres’ sons said he and Fowler took part in.
The gun that was allegedly stolen from Myres’ home was found in Fowler’s possession when he was arrested.
Fowler is next set to appear Feb. 7, and Myres is set to appear Feb. 15.
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