City employees involved in bribe scheme named

Two mid-level managers with the Public Utilities Commission named in a federal probe last week have yet to be charged despite their alleged involvement in a kickback scheme.

Alexander deAnda, a water meter shop supervisor, and Gerald T. Lyons, an SFPUC manager who retired earlier this year, allegedly accepted bribes totaling almost $18,000, according to a plea agreement made public last week.

SFPUC spokesman Tyrone Jue would not reveal whether deAnda, who made $84,558 last year, had been placed on administrative leave, citing personnel laws. A call to deAnda’s San Francisco home was not returned.

Lyons, a 63-year-old retiree who made more than $130,000 last year, refused to comment.

Sheldon Morris, a 76-year-old Novato man, pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Sacramento to bribing officials in Sacramento and Sonoma County. He also admitted paying the two San Francisco employees, although he was not charged with those payments.

Federal officials said Morris kept part of the proceeds from recycling water meters as fees and used part to make kickback payments to city employees.

bbegin@sfexaminer.com

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