San Bruno fire scammer back in jailBy Joshua Melvin
A San Francisco woman accused of trying to steal aid intended for victims of the deadly natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno is back in San Mateo County jail, a prosecutor said.
Neisha Taylor, 26, was supposed to appear in San Mateo County Superior Court on Monday, but when she and co-defendant Deonte Bennett, 25, of Oakland didn't show up, a $100,000 warrant was issued for their arrest, said Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
Bennett is still at large.
The woman missed court because she was being held by San Fran-cisco authorities, Wagstaffe said.
It was not immediately clear why she was in San Francisco County jail, but it seems police arrested her on a warrant other than the one issued Monday.
Prosecutors said Taylor and Bennett walked into the resource center for blast survivors on Sept. 14, said they had lost all their possessions and applied for new identification.
They gave workers an address from the area where eight people were killed after a natural gas pipeline exploded Sept. 9.
But the workers figured out the couple was lying and police were called.
Bennett and Taylor told officers that they were renters in the area, but said they didn't know the owner's name when asked.
Taylor is in custody in lieu of $100,000 bail and is due back in court today to enter a plea.
Copyright ©2010 Bay Area News Group. Published 10/28/2010.