Food fraud case going to court

This aging food case hasn’t spoiled.

Two former city health inspectors who are accused of selling food safety certifications to hundreds of restaurant operators more than five years ago are scheduled to return to court today for a preliminary hearing.

Ajamu Stewart and Clifton Sanders reportedly sold certifications over 18 months in 2007 and 2008. As part of the inspection process, at least one person working at a restaurant must pass a food safety exam. But instead of the restaurants taking the test, Stewart and Sanders sold them the certification, prosecutors said. The inspectors allegedly filled out the tests themselves or shared the correct answers.

Water district fraud suspect to be arraigned

A former Mid-Peninsula Water District employee who is accused of stealing from the district in order to pay off gambling debts is expected to be arraigned in court today.

Prosecutors said 53-year-old Catherine Abou-Remeleh of Hayward stole nearly $248,000 from the district over a three-year period by writing 187 checks from a district bank account.

The allegations did not surface until Abou-Remeleh suffered a stroke in November 2011 and the co-worker who took over her duties reportedly discovered some budget discrepancies.

Trial begins in fatal boat crash

The start of a jury trial is scheduled to begin today in connection with a boat crash that killed a San Francisco fisherman in August 2011.

Phillip Larson, 77, of Santa Cruz faces misdemeanor charges in connection to the collision near Brisbane that killed 30-year-old Minh Truong.

That afternoon, according to prosecutors, Larson’s 41-foot motorboat broadsided Truong’s smaller boat. Truong, who was with his father at the time of the collision, drowned after the boat capsized. Expert analysis shows Larson had “plenty of time to see the victim’s boat,” prosecutors said.

Hearing scheduled for DUI suspect in deadly accident

The man charged in connection with driving under the influence in a crash in Colma earlier this year that killed all three of his passengers, including his girlfriend, is expected in court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing.

Paul Diaz, 25, of Daly City was allegedly driving his Ford Mustang at speeds of more than 90 mph on Hillside Boulevard when he crashed into the rear of a moving vehicle May 27.

After the collision, prosecutors said, Diaz “pulled himself out of the car, went up to his dead girlfriend lying on the ground and then took off running.” Diaz reportedly has a prior misdemeanor conviction for drunken driving.

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