A pro-development activist arrested and charged last week with voter fraud says he was fired from his job as a real estate broker Monday because of the publicity around his arrest and now has no place to sleep.
San Francisco Bay Area Renters Federation volunteer Donald Dewsnup told the San Francisco Examiner he lost his job this week after his boss found out he’d been charged by District Attorney George Gascon.
“I was fired because of the negative press, the press release generated by the District Attorney’s office,” said Dewsnup, who was booked into County Jail last week on two felony counts of attempting to file a false or forged instrument and perjury by declaration.
Dewsnup has since pleaded not guilty and argues the charges against him come from his enemies.
“I think these charges are baseless,” he said, claiming his NIMBY enemies are behind what he calls a “politically motivated tactic.”
Dewsnup allegedly used a false address on his voter registration in order to “infiltrate a neighborhood association on Telegraph Hill, where he did not reside, with the purpose of advancing his personal political agenda,” the District Attorney’s Office said in a statement last week.
On Oct 11, Dewsnup posted a photo to Twitter of what appears to be a ballot stub for a vote for District 3 supervisor candidate Julie Christensen. However, Dewsnup claims the post was a promotional tool and that he never voted.
“This is more about information on voter registration cards,” he
Dewsnup, a licensed Realtor, also allegedly gave a fake address
to the California Bureau of Real Estate.
For the last year, Dewsnup claims he has slept most nights in the office of his former employer, Intero Real Estate Services, located at 1700 Montgomery St. — in District 3.
“I always crash at the office for the last year,” he said, adding his employer had no idea.
A call to Intero Real Estate Services was not returned Tuesday.
On Monday, when Dewsnup came to the office for a meeting the locks had been changed, he said. He had to ask his boss if he could go into the office to get his things.
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