SAN FRANCISCO — A man charged with the theft of $600 million in pension funds in San Francisco’s Bay Area is claiming that he was the victim of a government-funded job title.
Eric G. DeMenez, 44, of San Francisco, is scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office announced on Monday that DeMinez had been arrested and charged with two counts of identity theft and one count of grand theft.
DeMenez is scheduled for a court appearance on Wednesday.
In an affidavit filed in court on Tuesday, DeMortes attorneys said the alleged scheme was initiated by the City of San Diego’s Office of Retirement Systems and its Department of Human Resources, which employs approximately 20,000 workers, including about 2,400 in the San Francisco region.
The alleged scheme began in 2014, when DeMorts office was contacted by a company called Human Resources Group LLC that said it had an internal employee in the company’s human resources department.
De Menez told the agency that the employee, who he identified as Kevin, had been a former employee and he had never met him.
The employee told the department that Kevin had left the office at the end of July and that he had left his belongings behind.
De menez then told Human Resources that he and Kevin had exchanged emails and that Kevin would be moving out of the office on Oct. 16.
The next day, Kevin told Human Services that he wanted to leave for work, according to the affidavit.
Kevin also told Human Relations that he would take some belongings, including his laptop computer, and move to a different office, according the affidavit, and that the department should call the San Diego Police Department.
On Oct. 17, Human Resources informed DeMors office that he could not return to work.
De Menez was told he could return to the office after receiving training and would be assigned another position.
De Mores office was notified by Human Resources on Oct 30 that he needed to get his personal belongings out of San Jose and to take his laptop and work equipment to the San Jose Police Department to have it shipped out, according.
De Mores was told that he did not need to return to his office.
In addition to the stolen funds, Human Rights told Human Resource that he stole an additional $845,000 from Human Resources for his own personal use, according, according in the affidavit and a separate statement.
Human Resources also told the San Mateo County district attorney that De Mors personal information was being sold on the dark web, according on the affidavit in which the company alleged that the information had been used to buy illegal items.
Human resources said it did not believe DeMoss was the intended target of the scheme.
DeMorés defense attorney, John M. Reiss, said that he believes DeMoes attorneys’ statements that the fraud was the result of a legitimate governmental position, not the misuse of human resources funds.
The city of San Mateos Office of the Treasurer and the City Council did not immediately return a call seeking comment on the criminal charges.