Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

Gay SF man charged with voter fraud

Donald Dewsnup. Photo: Facebook.

Donald Dewsnup. Photo: Facebook.

A gay San Francisco man has been charged with multiple counts of voter fraud after he allegedly used a fake address to vote in a supervisorial district where he didn’t live, the district attorney’s said today (Wednesday, April 6).

Donald Dewsnup, 49, a local Realtor, was arraigned today.

In a news release, District Attorney George Gascón said, “San Francisco’s supervisorial races can be decided by a small number of voters. A healthy democracy benefits from zealous debate, but can be undermined by fraud and deceit.”

Dewsnup, who was arrested Tuesday by DA investigators, is out of custody on his own recognizance. He didn’t respond to interview requests, and information about his attorney wasn’t immediately available.

He faces three counts of filing a false document with a government agency, two counts of perjury, and two counts of false voter registration, according to prosecutors.

Citing court documents, DA spokesman Max Szabo said, “Dewsnup used these false addresses in order to infiltrate a neighborhood association on Telegraph Hill, where he did not reside, with the purpose of advancing his personal political agenda.”

According to prosecutors, Dewsnup also allegedly provided a false address to the California Bureau of Real Estate.

The San Francisco Examiner said Dewsnup belongs to the San Francisco Bay Area Renters Federation and described him as a “pro-development activist who took part in a failed attempt last year to stack the local chapter of the Sierra Club with similarly minded people.”

BARF’s website says it works to “reduce displacement in the Bay Area by increasing the stock of available housing.”

The state Bureau of Real Estate says that Dewsnup works for Intero Real Estate Services.

Court records show that last year, another man tried unsuccessfully to get a restraining order against Dewsnup, saying, “He’s sent me an email threatening to come to my home. He showed up at an organization I’ve worked for last week. I am in fear of my safety!”

Dewsnup’s set to appear in court April 19 for a prehearing conference.


— Seth Hemmelgarn, April 6, 2016 @ 4:27 pm PST
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