Juan Pablo Lopez, a former deputy with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office and candidate for the office of sheriff when his boss was running for re-election, was granted a postponement of a jury trial on charges of election, real estate and insurance fraud at an Oct. 11 hearing in San Mateo County Superior Court.
The postponement from Oct. 17 to Nov. 12 was based on the need to fit the trial into the schedule of Lopez's attorney, Tony Serra, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
A number of charges involving Lopez's work at San Mateo County Jail while he was a deputy have been dismissed over the years.
The current charges are based on allegations of falsely claiming he was a San Mateo County resident when he applied to run for sheriff against his then-boss, Greg Munks, in 2014 and in taking out a real estate loan based on a Redwood City address when he allegedly lived in Newark, Wagstaffe said.
At the Oct. 11 hearing, Judge Elizabeth Lee denied a motion by the defense to suppress evidence obtained in an alleged burglary of Lopez's car in 2014 in which he claimed a laptop and DVDs were stolen, Wagstaffe said.
"Nothing that was (allegedly) stolen is in possession of law enforcement," Wagstaffe said. "We don't have (the laptop and DVDs) and aren't going to introduce them as evidence."
Lopez is out on $170,000 bail on the fraud charges, Wagstaffe said.
Lopez could face three to five years in prison based on the fact that the charges are felonies, Wagstaffe said.
"Not that he would be getting prison time," Wagstaffe said. "I seriously question if he will get any time at all."
Neither Serra nor Lopez's other attorney, Maria Belyi, returned calls seeking comment before press time.