The San Francisco District Attorney's Office has filed election fraud charges against a man who worked on the 2012 District 7 campaign of former Board of Supervisors candidate Robert Squeri.
Christopher Brodeur, a 28-year-old San Francisco resident, faces two felony counts of filing false documents and two felony counts of signing another person's name on a nomination petition, a district attorney spokesperson said.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Brodeur is currently a business development associate at North West Stewards. His profile also says that he previously worked on campaigns for Supervisor Mark Farrell and former mayoral candidate Tony Hall.
However, a Farrell’s office spokesperson said Brodeur had never worked or volunteered for the supervisor’s campaign. Hall did not return calls for comment to verify if Brodeur had been involved with his mayoral campaign.
The charges stem from Brodeur's work on Squeri's 2012 campaign. According to the District Attorney's Office, Squeri allowed Brodeur to act on behalf of his campaign with the Department of Elections. Brodeur allegedly submitted two nomination papers to the Department of Elections that contained falsified voter signatures.
The Department of Elections tipped the District Attorney's Office off about the suspicious signatures, triggering the investigation into Broduer.
“Our democratic process is sacred and anything that interferes with its legitimacy is a violation of the public trust,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “Undermining this process erodes the validity of candidates and the electoral system as a whole.”
Brodeur's bail is set at $140,000. If convicted, he faces a maximum of six years and four months in prison.
Squeri was defeated in the 2012 election by Supervisor Norman Yee, who received 29 percent of the District 7 votes. Squeri, who owns a building maintenance company in The City, received just under five percent of the votes.
– Staff writer Jonah Owen Lamb contributed to this report.