A former San Francisco police officer was charged with felony grand theft and felony embezzlement this week for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from an organization of LGBT officers, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Michael Evans, 34, was arrested in Texas and extradited to The City, where he was booked into County Jail Wednesday afternoon, the District Attorney’s Office said.
Evans was arrested Sept. 10 by the San Antonio Police Department on a warrant for larceny from San Francisco, according to the San Antonio Magistrate.
He was jailed in Bexar County on Sept. 11 and held without bail until he was transferred to The City’s County Jail on Sept. 30, according to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Department.
Evans was released in San Francisco early Thursday morning around 1 a.m. on $15,000 bail. He is set to appear in court for his arraignment Oct. 6.
The arrest warrant is sealed, so many of the details of what led to his arrest remain unclear.
But according to police the alleged embezzlement and theft was first noticed in August 2014 when the department’s Pride Alliance Board found there were missing funds.
“As president of Pride Alliance I requested a review of our finances when I took office in 2014. The outcome showed some irregularities and we as a board forwarded our findings to the SFPD criminal investigation unit,” SFPD Lt. Chuck Limbert, a longtime gay cop and the alliance’s president, said to the Bay Area Reporter earlier this year.
In September 2014 the police department opened its investigation into the matter. In June police gave their completed investigation to the District Attorney’s Office for consideration. The next month a warrant was issued for Evans’ arrest.
According to the B.A.R. the gay, former San Francisco police officer, allegedly embezzled more than $16,000 from the department’s Pride Alliance for LGBT cops.
Andy Shakur, a dues paying member of the organization, told B.A.R. that Evans, who had been the group’s treasurer, had paid back $15,000.
Evans has denied the allegations, according to B.A.R.
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