SF cop accused of fleecing LGBT group

A former San Francisco police officer has been charged with embezzlement and grand theft stemming from allegations that he took money from a LGBT police officer organization more than a year ago, San Francisco police chief Greg Suhr said Thursday.

Former San Francisco police Officer Mike Evans was booked into San Francisco County Jail on Wednesday night and has been released after posting $15,000 bail, according to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.

Evans has since repaid $15,000 to the San Francisco Police Officer’s Pride Alliance, an LGBT police officers organization, from which he is accused of embezzling funds.

The Pride Alliance advocates for equal opportunities for its members and provides safe and open social gatherings for LGBT officers, family and friends, according to their website.

The charges against Evans of felony embezzlement and felony grand theft stem from an internal audit by the Pride Alliance done in January 2014 that detected missing money and found Evans responsible, according to Suhr.

Seven months later in late August 2014, the Pride Alliance brought the issue up in a meeting, at which the Pride Alliance president, since-retired San Francisco police Lt. Chuck Limbert, is said to have dismissed the allegations against Evans, Suhr said.

However, other members of the Pride Alliance brought the allegations to the attention of the Police Department and in September 2014, an internal investigation into the matter was launched, according to San Francisco police spokesman Albie Esparza.

A criminal investigation into the allegations against Evans was initiated on Sept. 11, 2014, Suhr said.

Less than a month later, in October, Evans made restitution of $15,000 to the Pride Alliance. Suhr said that civil remedy “may or may not have been thought, by then-president Limbert, to be sufficient.”

Esparza said he didn’t know how much money Evans had been accused of embezzling from the organization or what Evans may have purchased with the money.

Shortly thereafter, Evans resigned and Lt. Limbert retired from the Police Department.

This past June, police presented their criminal case to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office for a charging decision, Suhr said.

On July 1, an arrest warrant was issued for felony grand theft and felony embezzlement against Evans, who was located in San Antonio, Texas.

Police arrested Evans on Sept. 10 in San Antonio and then brought him back to San Francisco.

Suhr said he knows that Evans was “going through some personal issues at the time,” but said he isn’t aware of the depth and breadth of those issues.

Suhr said San Francisco police officers “expect to be held to the highest standards” and that when the department is made aware of a criminal complaint against an officer, they do a full investigation and seek a charging decision “as anyone would and should expect of us.”

The chief said he wasn’t aware of any motive in connection with the alleged embezzlement.

San Francisco District Attorney’s Office spokesman Max Szabo said that Evans is expected to be arraigned on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the San Francisco Hall of Justice.