Two former health inspectors with the San Francisco Department of Public Health Food and Safety Program appeared in court today to answer to charges of forging food safety certificates in exchange for cash bribes.
An initial investigation by the City Attorney's Office uncovered significant irregularities in the administration of these exams. As a result, certificates have been invalidated at hundreds of restaurants across San Francisco.
Stweart was arrested on Dec. 5, and pleaded not guilty to the charges. He was scheduled for a pretrial conference this morning. Sanders was arrested on Dec. 8 and pleaded not guilty to the charges at court today. Both are scheduled to appear in court again on Jan. 4, 2012.
If convicted, Stewart could receive nine years in prison and a fine of $10,000. He would be disqualified from ever holding any government office, employment, or appointment in California.
Sander could receive up to eight years in prison and a $10,000 fine. He, too, would no longer be allowed to hold government office, employment or an appointment in California.
These accusations beg the question: Are those burgers and chicken wings really safe to eat?
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