Jonah Owen Lamb/S.F. Examiner file photoIan Furminger speaks to reporters after his sentencing on corruption charges in February.

Corrupt SF cop set to surrender to federal authorities

Ian Furminger, the former San Francisco police officer at the center of a scandal involving bigoted text messages, is set to surrender to a federal prison today to serve a 41-month sentence for corruption, said his lawyer Brian Getz.

In February, Furminger was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison for his role in a series of crimes committed as part of a plainclothes unit in the Mission district in 2009. Also convicted in the same case was former officer Edmond Robles, who in March was sentenced to 39 months in federal prison.

The text message scandal, which could result in the termination of seven active San Francisco police officers, was made public in March when the FBI filed a motion seeking to deny Furminger bail while he appeals his conviction. The texts included racist and homophobic messages sent between officers, including Furminger.

Furminger is due to report to the federal prison in Florence, Colo., at 11 a.m. today.

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