Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Ex-SFPD officer investigated in embezzlement case

Gay former San Francisco police Officer Mike Evans allegedly embezzled more than $16,000 from the department’s Pride Alliance for LGBT cops, an email from one of the group’s members this week said.

According to the message from Andy Shakur, which was shared with the Bay Area Reporter, Evans had paid back $15,000.

(Former SFPD Officer Mike Evans. Photo: Pete Thoshinsky)

(Former SFPD Officer Mike Evans. Photo: Pete Thoshinsky)

Evans, who had been the group’s treasurer but left the police department several months ago, couldn’t be reached for comment.

Lieutenant Chuck Limbert, a longtime gay cop and the alliance’s president, said in an email to the B.A.R. that the case has been referred to the district attorney’s office.

Max Szabo, a spokesman for the DA, said his agency has received an embezzlement case, but he wouldn’t confirm it was connected with Evans.

In his email, Shakur, said Limbert had ordered others not to go to the police department about the allegations, which had originated with an audit.

Limbert, who wasn’t immediately available by phone, didn’t respond to emailed questions regarding that part of Shakur’s message, which was sent to Pride Alliance members Tuesday, February 17.

However, in his emailed statement, he seemed to contradict Shakur’s account.

“As president of Pride Alliance I requested a review of our finances when I took office in 2014,” said Limbert. “The outcome showed some irregularities and we as a board forwarded our findings to the SFPD criminal investigation unit. The criminal investigation unit completed an investigation and it is being reviewed by the district attorney’s office. After the district attorney’s office review is complete, an administrative investigation will start.”

Limbert said he couldn’t answer other questions because of the “ongoing investigation.”

Shakur didn’t immediately respond to interview requests.

In a brief interview, lesbian former police commander and Pride Alliance founder Lea Militello, who’s retired, called the allegations “heartbreaking.”

The B.A.R. will have more on this story in the Thursday, February 26 edition.

– reported by Seth Hemmelgarn

— Cynthia Laird, February 20, 2015 @ 11:17 am PST
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