Auditor-controller candidate pleads not guilty to six felonies

DA alleges candidate actually lives out of county, not in San Leandro

Alameda County auditor-controller candidate Kathleen Knox pleaded not guilty Tuesday to six felony counts for allegedly lying in campaign papers about where she lives.

Knox, 49, declined to speak to reporters after a brief arraignment in Alameda County Superior Court, and is scheduled to return to court on May 15 for a pretrial hearing.

Knox, who is free on $60,000 bail, is charged with one count of registration of an ineligible voter, two counts of perjury by declaration and three counts of fraudulent voting.

Prosecutors allege that Knox listed her residence as being in San Leandro but she actually lives in Danville in Contra Costa County.

Knox is running against Steve Manning, the county's chief deputy auditor, in the June 3 election for the right to succeed Patrick O'Connell, who was elected to the position in 1986 but announced in March that he wouldn't seek re-election.

On her campaign website, Knox said, "The Auditor-Controller's office needs reform and it need it now. Business as usual is just too expensive."

Knox said she believes she is qualified for the job because she has been involved in county politics for 30 years and also has 30 years of business experience.

Knox's lawyer, Leon Mezzetti, said Knox still remains on the ballot in the June 3 election and he is exploring the possibility of trying to expedite her case.

However, Mezzetti said he is waiting to see what kind of evidence the Alameda County District Attorney's Office has against Knox and that he is still determining the strategy he will use to defend her against the charges she faces.

District Attorney Inspector Bruce Brock wrote in a probable cause statement that when Knox filed her candidacy papers in March she listed her address as 1345 Clarke St. in San Leandro.

But Brock said an investigation by prosecutors shows that Knox hasn't lived at the San Leandro address from June 2010 to the present and her true residence has been 663 Sheri Lane in Danville.

When investigators interviewed Knox on April 21, Knox admitted that she moved to Danville in June 2010 so her daughter could attend San Ramon Valley High School, where she is still enrolled, Brock said.

However, Knox said that when she decided to run for auditor-controller in Alameda County she moved to the Rose Gate adult residential care home on Clarke Street in San Leandro, which she owns, according to Brock.

But when authorities interviewed several care workers at Rose Gate they all indicated that Knox did not live at the facility, either at the care facility or in an upstairs apartment, Brock said.

Investigators also developed evidence that Knox voted fraudulently in the general election in Alameda County last November because she actually was living in Contra Costa County, Brock said.

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by Julia
a resident of another community
on May 7, 2014 at 9:35 am

Oh yes some old story...They are never guilty, even when they are discovered.

I am sure there will be some brain dead critics telling me all about everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Of course we must keep the attorney's busy and all the over paid judges working..

Take care and enjoy this beautiful weather. Julia Pardini from Alamo

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Posted by Crooks Galore
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 8, 2014 at 9:25 am

Another crook running for office in Alameda County. So what else is new? We are part of the Socialist Republic of San Francisco Bay, where being a crook is the expected norm for a politician. What do you expect -- most of these crooks have had Nancy "Queen" Pelosi, Willie Brown, Bill Lockyear, and Jerry "Gov. Moonbeam" Brown as their mentors.

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Posted by Wake Up People
a resident of another community
on May 8, 2014 at 9:41 am

Another one of our fine upstanding citizens going the extra mile to serve the "people" in One-Party Rule California.

On the bright side, at least CA can't sink any lower on the list of best states to start a small business - currently ranked 50th.


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