SAN FRANCISCO—A San Francisco County Sheriff’s Deputy was arrested on insurance fraud charges during a FBI raid on Thursday, February 2, KGO-TV reported. FBI agents arrested April Myres, a 20-year veteran, at work and served a search warrant at her home.
Myres allegedly reported a false burglary in March 2016 claiming her service firearm and ballistic vest were stolen during the burglary.
Surveillance cameras across the street from Myres’ home revealed she was home during the time the reported burglary, a FBI special agent said to KGO-TV.
“The behavior described in the allegations against Ms. Myres falls wells below the standard of conduct we and the public expect of our peace officers and it is not reflective of the hard work and dedication of the men & women of the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department,” said the San Francisco Sheriff’s Office in a statement.
According to federal documents, the burglary was a stunt to help arm a former convicted felon name Antoine Fowler, and an insurance scam.
Myres and Fowler allegedly had a relationship during Fowler’s sentencing at the San Francisco County Jail, according to the FBI.
The FBI received a tip from Fowler’s cellmate who told federal agents the couple had an intimate relationship, and were planning a vacation in Hawaii. Myres agreed to get Fowler a gun upon his release from jail, according to the federal criminal complaint filed Thursday, February 2.
Myres filed a $67,000 insurance claim for the items reportedly stolen from her house, like her service gun with serial number BMP254. Agents found Myres’ service gun in Fowler’s vehicle when they arrested him on Thursday.
Myres has been placed on paid administrative leave pending review and evaluation of all the evidence to determine appropriate discipline, the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department said.
She was recently assigned to the jail ward at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital were she was arrested.