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Posted: 9/30/2001 9:14:14 PM EST
Is Gabe Suarez's new book on pistol shooting going to come out now that he is in jail? I have all his books and I was really looking forward to this new one (NOT The Tactical Pistol, the new one on shooting), but I dunno if it was finished and now he is going to jail, so...
Link Posted: 9/30/2001 10:43:40 PM EST
Please post source and details & circumstances of Suarez's trip to the pokey.
Link Posted: 9/30/2001 11:25:20 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/30/2001 11:20:55 PM EST by clinth]
[url]http://surfsantamonica.com/ssm_site/the_lookout/news/Sept_2001/09_28_2001_Former_Officer_Pleads_Guilty_to_Fraud_Charges.htm[/url] Clinth Former Officer Pleads Guilty to Fraud Charges By Teresa Rochester Sept. 27 -- A former Santa Monica police officer has pleaded guilty to Workers Compensation fraud, money laundering and grand theft and will begin serving a year-long jail sentence for the crimes next week. Gabriel Saurez, a decorated 12-year veteran of the SMPD, will report to Los Angeles County Jail to begin serving his sentence on Monday as part of a plea agreement reached last week in Los Angeles County Criminal Court. Saurez, who recently resigned from the force, also was sentenced to five years probation. Saurez, his wife Cheryl Saurez and Officer Jason Comer pleaded not guilty in April to charges of conspiracy, Workers Compensation fraud and grand theft. Saurez also faced two additional fraud charges. Like her husband, Cheryl Saurez agreed to plea guilty during last Friday's hearing. She was ordered to serve one day in jail and also was sentenced to five years probation. Comer's charges were dropped in June, and he remains on paid leave pending the conclusion of an administrative investigation, according to Police Chief James T. Butts Jr. As part of the agreement, the charges of conspiracy against the Suarezes were dismissed, as were the two additional counts of Workers Compensation filed against Gabriel Saurez, said DA spokesperson Sandi Gibbons. The Saurezes paid a $100 fine and $112, 250.01 in restitution on Friday, according to Deputy Dist. Atty. Ellen St. John. Chief Butts said Saurez's plea was a testament to the "hard work, time and effort that the risk management and our criminal division officers have put into this case. "The good thing is the City of Santa Monica has received full restitution for all wages that were paid in this fraudulent claim," Butts said. "The jail sentence that was imposed by the judge sent a strong message that this type of misconduct will not be tolerated by the City of Santa Monica," Gabriel Suarez allegedly worked as a gun tactics trainer while receiving Workers Compensation for a slip and fall accident in the SMPD's locker room in 1999. Cheryl Suarez allegedly received payments for work done by her husband through a company she never worked for. The dismissed charges against Comer were based on allegations that he received and disbursed money for Saurez. The Saurez case stemmed from a long-term investigation of Workers Compensation fraud within the police department launched late last year by the department, the District Attorneys Office and the State Department of Insurance. The investigation also has resulted in charges filed against Officer Richard Robert Brulato, who pleaded not guilty in June to two counts of Workers Compensation Fraud. Butts said the investigation is "definitely ongoing. "We have other cases we are actively looking at and investigating. Fortunately at this point those cases are few," said Butts adding that they would be vigorously pursued. Copyright ©1999, 2000, 2001 surfsantamonica.com. All Rights Reserved.
Link Posted: 9/30/2001 11:57:21 PM EST
Damn, I did not know that. Thanks for the post Clinth.
Link Posted: 10/1/2001 12:06:24 AM EST
Wow! I have a couple of his books too. Very good stuff. Who would have thunk it?
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