Ring leader for electrician group makes plea deal

September 19, 2011 5:52:37 PM PDT
The ring leader of an elite group of San Francisco electricians living extravagant lifestyles at tax-payers expense is headed to prison. Prosecutors say Donnie Alan Thomas was the mastermind of the Hetch Hetchy Power Crew -- a group of electricians based out of Treasure Island.

On Monday, prosecutors say Thomas pleaded guilty to four felony counts, including submitting false invoices to a government agency and forgery. It's all part of a plea deal. In exchange, Thomas will serve a reduced sentence of three years in prison and repay the $319,000 he stole from tax payers.

"This is about greed, this is about corruption. There really isn't any other way to put it. There are no excuses as to what was done here. We had an individual taking funding, buying merchandise and equipment to basically turn it into personal use," said District Attorney George Gascon.

The San Francisco PUC oversaw the Hetch Hetchy Power Crew. It has since made changes to keep such abuse from happening again.

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