(Mike Koozmin/2016 S.F. Examiner)

(Mike Koozmin/2016 S.F. Examiner)

SF deputy pleads not guilty to federal charges in alleged fraud scheme

A San Francisco sheriff’s deputy was arraigned in federal court Wednesday in connection with an alleged scheme to falsely a claim that her gun was stolen and passed to a former jail inmate with whom she was involved.

April Myres, who was arrested in February, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco to charges of mail fraud, wire fraud and failing to report a felony following the filing of a federal grand jury indictment on Tuesday.

SEE RELATED: SF sheriff’s deputy linked to inmate on gun charges was married to another inmate

She faces charges along with Antoine Fowler, a former San Francisco jail inmate. Fowler is charged on the same indictment with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Federal prosecutors allege that Myres, who has worked for the Sheriff’s Department since 1996, faked a burglary at her home in San Francisco on March 25, 2016.

She then allegedly reported her service firearm, a Glock 17 9mm, as stolen to police, the Sheriff’s Department and Farmers Insurance. In addition, she claimed a number of others items stolen were worth more than $66,000,including designer goods, jewelry and electronics, according to a previous criminal complaint.

Myres allegedly gave the gun to Fowler, with whom she had a romantic relationship. The two met while Fowler was in jail, according to the indictment.

The scheme came to light through evidence from a former cellmate of Fowler’s, who said that Fowler and Myres were planning a vacation in Hawaii together when he got out and that Myres had told Fowler she would obtain a Glock pistol for him, according to the complaint.

When questioned about the burglary, Myres attempted to blame her ex-husband, and did not tell investigators that Fowler was living in her home, the complaint stated.

Myres is out of custody on $1 million bail, and Fowler on $50,000 bail.

Myres is scheduled to return to court on May 9. Fowler is scheduled to be arraigned on the current indictment on April 20. Crime

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

San Francisco Police officers speak with people while responding to a call outside a market on Leavenworth Street in the Tenderloin on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
SFPD makes the case for more officers, citing Walgreens video

Most of us have seen the video. It shows a man filling… Continue reading

A 14-Mission Muni bus heads down Mission Street near Yerba Buena Gardens. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Pandemic experiments morph into long-term solutions for SF transit agency

The streets of San Francisco became real-time laboratories for The City’s public… Continue reading

San Francisco Public Bank Coalition advocates rallied on Feb. 5, 2019 as the Board of Supervisors considered supporting the creation of a public banking charter. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Debate reignites over San Francisco’s first public bank

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, momentum was building for San Francisco to… Continue reading

Apprenticeship instructor Mike Miller, center, demonstrates how to set up a theodolite, a hyper-sensitive angle measuring device, for apprentices Daniel Rivas, left, Ivan Aguilar, right, and Quetzalcoatl Orta, far right, at the Ironworkers Local Union 377 training center in Benicia on June 10, 2021. (Courtesy Anne Wernikoff/CalMatters)
California’s affordable housing crisis: Are labor union requirements in the way?

By Manuela Tobias CalMatters California lawmakers introduced several bills this year that… Continue reading

Mayor London Breed spoke at the reopening of the San Francisco Public Library main branch on April 20. (Sebastian Miño-Bucheli/Special to The Examiner)
SF reopening more libraries through the summer

After a handful of San Francisco public libraries reopened last month for… Continue reading

Most Read