Felony criminal charges have been filed against San Francisco Supervisor Ed Jew, alleging that he lied under oath and falsified documents regarding his residency in order to obtain a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

The charges, announced Tuesday by the San Francisco District Attorney's Office, were filed in San Francisco Superior Court.

An arrest warrant was issued, and prosecutors gave Jew 24 hours to turn himself in to police. He did so Tuesday night — but in Burlingame, not in San Francisco. Jew owns a home in Burlingame.

According to Burlingame Police Sgt. Jeff Downs, Jew, accompanied by a bail bondsman, turned himself in at about 7 p.m.

"He was booked and released in lieu of $135,000 bail, Downs said. Downs described Jew's demeanor only as "normal."

Asked if he were surprised by Jew's self-surrender, Downs said, "We didn't expect him to come in."

Jew has been charged with four felony counts of perjury, one count of filing a false document, and four felony counts of violating the Elections Code.

"This case goes to the heart of the integrity of the electoral process in our city," San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris said in a written statement. "When San Franciscans go to cast their vote for the candidate of their choice, they should not have to question the eligibility of their candidate to hold office."

The District Attorney's Office began its investigation of Jew May 18, immediately after the FBI's public corruption unit executed search warrants on the supervisor's properties.


The FBI is reportedly investigating $40,000 in cash Jew allegedly accepted from a group of businessmen having permit problems. Jew denies wrongdoing.

The criminal accusations against Jew allege that when he filed the necessary papers to run for city supervisor representing the Sunset District, he did not live at 2450 28th Ave. as he claimed.

The District Attorney's Office alleges that in addition to filing false documents in his 2006 campaign for supervisor, Jew also committed perjury, prosecutors say, by using the Sunset District address to register to vote and file an application with the Department of Motor Vehicles. He is also accused of committing voter fraud by voting in the 2006 election under a false address.

The case will be prosecuted by the District Attorney's Office's public integrity unit, which was launched in 2004.

On Monday, City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Deputy City Attorney Chad Jacobs wrote to Jew's attorney, claiming Jew did not fully respond to the city's previous request for documentation that would prove that the supervisor lives in the district he represents. Jew had responded to the request last week, but left out pertinent information such as utility and phone bills from his alleged San Francisco residence, according to Herrera.

Jew's Burlingame property is at 2116 Roosevelt Ave. in a quiet cul-de-sac.

Chris Papazian, who lives across from the Jew family, said Tuesday afternoon that he hadn't seen anyone at the home since the scandal began, though someone had come by in recent weeks and fully closed the blinds.

"Someone came in and out and evidently did some cleaning," said Papazian, who said he and his wife hadn't seen any members of the Jew family since the couple moved into their home in November.

Other neighbors say that before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors election last fall, they were accustomed to seeing Jew at the home as often as several times a week.