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Two SFPD cops convicted of felony corruption charges

San Francisco Police Sgt. Ian Furminger and Officer Edmond Robles were convicted of federal felony charges from the theft of money and property during searches in 2009.

Sgt. Ian Furminger was convicted four counts: two counts of wire fraud, conspiracy against civil rights and conspiracy to commit theft concerning a federally funded program.

Officer Edmond Robles was convicted of five counts: two counts of wire fraud, conspiracy against civil rights, conspiracy to commit theft and theft of more than $5,000 worth of property from a federally funded program.

The verdict was read in the court of U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer at around noon Friday.

Furminger and Robles had each been charged with eight counts and Furminger had also been charged with extorting property in 2011 and 2012.

Both were acquitted of two counts each of defrauding the citizens of San Francisco and one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. Furminger was acquitted of a charge of extortion that only he faced and the jury deadlocked over a theft charge.

Police did not immediately confirm which charges they were convicted for.

The charges included conspiracy to commit theft from a federally funded program - namely, the San Francisco Police Department; theft of more than $5,000 worth of property from a federally funded program; conspiracy against civil rights, two counts of wire fraud; two counts of defrauding the citizens of San Francisco of their honest services; and conspiracy to distribute drugs.

"The convictions bring a measure of justice to the victims, who were ripped off, falsely arrested and disbelieved for far too long," San Francisco public defender Jeff Adachi said in a statement. "Those 12 jurors sent a message -- that there are consequences for bullies who victimize the poor and powerless under color of authority."

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr says there's no room in his department for a dishonest officer and now wants the two officers who are suspended without pay fired. "These officers have not only betrayed the public's trust but also the trust of the honest hard working men and women of this proud department who work so hard to keep this great city safe," he said.



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