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Thursday, September 16, 2010

San Bruno Fire: Bad Karma, Arrests For Four Accused Fake Victims

Posted By on Thu, Sep 16, 2010 at 7:15 AM

A quartet of alleged miscreants have been arrested for purportedly attempting to claim San Bruno fire victim status, and cash in.

Department of Motor Vehicles investigators claim Niesha Taylor, Deonte Bennett, Sonya Smith, and Lisa Justin applied for drivers licenses in the burn zone -- despite the fact they live miles from it. The first two are San Franciscans, while the latter pair are housemates in another part of San Bruno, according to the DMV.

Victim status in the blaze entitles one to a variety of free swag: PG&E compensation for hotels; gift cards for clothes and food; and free cell phones.

The four alleged fakers were booked into San Mateo County Jail on suspicion of burglary, perjury and submitting false or forged documents to a government agency.

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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