Woman Faces Jail In San Bruno Explosion Scam

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.

Photo Gallery: Explosion Rocks San Bruno Neighborhood

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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  • Don Wright

    Any reason why you don’t want to post a picture of her? Here’s one: http://tinyurl.com/4fp899e

    • jon

      Nice photo… words cannot begin to describe her…

  • tn

    She’s a man! Man! She (he?) should be put on a program to clean, sweep, rebuild and serve through labor (since she’s probably a little dim-witted) the community she (he) tried to steal from.

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