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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Robert Shearer, former SF State Director, Busted for Alleged White-Collar Crime

Posted By on Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 7:56 AM

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The corruption saga surrounding Robert Shearer, the former SF State employee accused scamming the cash-strapped university out of millions, is finally coming to a head.

After years of investigation, Shearer was arrested on April 18 in his Fremont home on suspicion of colluding with a hazardous waste disposal contractor, Stephen Cheung of Chemical & HazMat Technology, to inflate contract costs.

Cheung's arrest was a little more exciting.

He was handcuffed on Tuesday after brief a car chase from 46th and Taraval to 44th and Ulloa where he crashed his car, according to the DA. Cheung took off on foot but was quickly nabbed by the San Francisco Police Department. He was immediately arrested. Both were charged with 246 felony charges for their alleged roles in a bribery scheme spanning over a seven-year period, said District Attorney George Gascón.

Per the DA:

Both defendants are currently in custody, with bail set at $5 million each. Defendants' arraignment was put over until Friday, April 26, 1:30 p.m. in Dept 9. Under California law, both defendants face more than 100 years in state prison.

According to court documents, Shearer, while in his official capacity as a director at SFSU, allegedly took numerous bribes from Cheung in exchange for Shearer approving multiple payments to Cheung's company totaling millions of dollars in state university money, and also in exchange for Shearer annually renewing Cheung's contract with SFSU. Furthermore, Shearer allegedly perjured himself by repeatedly failing to report the income he received from Cheung on his annual Statement of Economic Interests filed with SFSU, according to the DA's Office.

Cheung allegedly gave bribes to Shearer, including a Volvo car and monetary payments, totaling over $180,000, beginning in 2002 and ending in 2009.

"As SFSU students were seeing tuition increases each year, this high level university official and vendor were getting rich off the university's dime," Gascón said. "Bribery is a crime that violates the public trust and erodes the people's confidence in government."

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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