SF man claims innocence in old fraud case

A San Francisco man who was arrested this month is fighting extradition for a crime that happened more than two decades ago in Arizona.

Giuseppe Viola, 58, was arrested March 10 by San Francisco police and charged with two counts of resisting arrest, and he’s being held on no-bail status, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Viola was arrested on suspicion of being the man wanted on a $471,000 warrant out of Arizona stemming from a fraud case in 1990, authorities said.

On Tuesday, he’s scheduled for a court appearance to claim that he’s not the man listed on the 1990 warrant, which involves multiple counts of fraud, according to his former attorney, Garrick Lew.

Viola’s online profile at LinkedIn.com lists him as the administrator for Amicus Curiae Legal Dispute Resolutions. His profile also links to SV Motor Co., a luxury car broker.

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