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Woman Faces Jail In San Bruno Explosion Scam

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Angela Wise, San Bruno explosion, scam fraud victim

Angela Wise (San Mateo Sheriff’s Office)

SAN BRUNO (AP) — A San Francisco woman who pleaded no contest to posing as a victim of the San Bruno pipeline explosion to receive free benefits is facing a year in jail.

San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe told the San Francisco Chronicle that Judge John Grandsaert on Monday rejected a prosecutor’s request to send Angela Marie Wise to state prison.

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She will instead serve her sentence for felony counts of burglary, passing a forged document, perjury and identity theft in San Mateo County jail.

Authorities say the 47-year-old told staffers processing benefits that her home was damaged and that she had been homeless since the September blast.

She requested a $1,000 Visa card and said she lived in an in-law unit in San Bruno that investigators determined did not exist.

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