Even this swanky scamming suspect’s name will fool you.
Blessed Marvelous Herve, 41, of San Francisco, is facing as many as 20 years in prison for defrauding a Bay Area couple out of $1.6 million while posing as the son of a Congolese president, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
On Tuesday, Herve was scheduled to appear in federal court in The City, but it was continued to May 8. Read More
Ask any small-business owner: Starting a new venture, getting in the black, growing and expanding — it’s not easy.
And that’s without the risk of federal law enforcement swooping in at any time, seizing everything, shutting down the operation and then tossing the owners in prison for good measure.
The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department claims that passing a third — and largest yet — bond to renovate more parks is an “investment.” What the heck do they think decades and decades of taxes and nearly $350 million in bonds in recent memory have been going toward? Read More
Federal election monitors might conjure up visions of the Balkan states or the Jim Crow South, but if they come to San Francisco in November, it will not be the first time, political observers say.
“It’s not like Jimmy Carter going to Africa,” said political consultant Jim Ross, who helped put Mayor Gavin Newsom in office but is not working on this year’s campaigns. “For a contested San Francisco mayor’s race, this is pretty standard.” Read More
Allegations of voter manipulation by an independent expenditure group supporting Ed Lee prompted seven mayoral candidates to seek federal election monitors Sunday.
Lee’s challengers wrote to the U.S. Department of Justice and the California secretary of state, suggesting that the SF Neighbor Alliance targets Cantonese-speaking voters and “may potentially impinge on” their voting rights. Read More
A 25-year-old San Francisco man was sentenced to seven years in prison on Thursday for distributing child pornography online.Zachary Snead used his Yahoo e-mail account to trade images of child porn videos and images with others, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.He pleaded guilty on Oct. 14 to distribution of child pornography, which packs a minimum five-year prison firstname.lastname@example.org
Zachary Snead Read More