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The San Francisco Examiner from San Francisco, California • Page 6

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A-8 TWky, Peloid 6. 1994 SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER fit wiii Cop resigns over sick pay charges police with conspiracy theories after a murder. Investigators quickly veteran, was not availuble for comment Wednesday. His resignation allows him to avoid the internal disciplinary process. The district attorney's office is also reviewing the case for possible criminal charges.

In addition to filing allegedly fraudulent claims, Alberigi was accused of giving his commanding officer a false home address while he was under investigation and entering false testimony at an earlier administrative hearing held by the San Francisco Employees Retirement Board. In January, Alberigi had tried to retire from the department with full disability pension because of Allegedly worked while on disability By Jim Herron Zamora OF THE EXAMINER STAFF A veteran police inspector who was set to face administrative charges for collecting disability pay from The City while working as a private security consultant resigned just before his hearing. Robert Alberigi, 56, delivered his resignation letter to the Police Department hours before he was scheduled to face a public hearing Wednesday night before the Police Commission. Alberigi, a 23-year department i'- work-related neck and back injuries. But the retirement board rejected his request after an internal police investigation discovered that he had worked for Budget Rent a Car at the same time he had received disability pay and sick leave from the department Alberigi, who received 780 days on paid disability leave since 1986, including 277 days last year, allegedly had been working for Budget since 1985.

The investigation led to internal Police Department charges against him in March. After first denying he had an outside job, Alberigi admitted at the retirement board hearing that he had worked for Budget Rent a Car as a security consultant when he reported himself disabled and unable to perform similar duties as an inspector assigned to automobile detail. learned of rumors that the killing was somehow linked to gambling debts or an Asian organized crime ring. Although completely unfounded, Nice said, the rumors John Lin Castro Valley neighbor was afraid to come forward By Tanya Schevitz SPECIAL TO THE EXAMINER CASTRO VALLEY After Jenny Lin was brutally murdered in her Castro Valley home last May, her parent and hundreds of volunteers blanketed the Bay Area with flyers, and held dozens of fund-raisers and publicity events. All that effort failed to turn up what was right under their noses: a neighbor who saw a suspicious man outside the home.

Recently, more than four months after the 14-year-old was slain, investigators interviewed a witness who heard the tinkle of breaking glass and saw a stocky man wearing a dark jacket and dark cap outside the Lin home around the time of the murder late afternoon on May 27. Sgt. Casey Nice of the Alameda County Sheriffs Department said several neighbors apparently knew that there was a witness but no one came forward, fearing the killer would retaliate. "They had been afraid or had been sworn to secrecy by the person wno had seen the man," Nice said Wednesday. He said people frequently call ran rampant Bhortly after Jenny was killed, apparently scaring neighbors into silence.

"It's common that people are afraid (to come forward), but I wouldn't expect it from this kind of neighborhood," Nice said. "It's up in the hills and it's a very nice neighborhood." Jenny's father, John Lin, said the family and volunteers did not concentrate their information campaign in the area directly around their home because they expected that neighbors would speak up if they knew something. Blue ribbons to commemorate Jenny are wrapped around almost every mailbox on Pineville Circle, but few neighbors joined the volunteer effort, Lin said. He does not resent anyone for not helping out but is angry that someone in his own neighborhood would hold back vital information. "I assumed all along in that area that if there is information, it would come out a long time ago, so we probably don't need to spend much effort in our neighborhood.

So it does feel kind of strange that maybe we took things too much for granted," he said. Evidence specialist Eleanor Swift, a professor at Boalt School of Law at UC-Berkeley, said common sense explains why some people don't speak up. "People in today's society really don't want to get involved in public criminal cases. They dont want their names in the paper, they don't want to have to testify, and this was a high-visibility case," she said. "If you add onto that the fear that if you are involved there will be a criminal element that may seek revenge on you, then fear is an even more powerful motive." Nice said the witness finally came forward out of guilt over withholding the information.

He declined to say whether the witness was a man or woman, but said the person lived in the same neighborhood where the teenager was to death. If the person had spoken up earlier, the information would have narrowed the investigation and saved the time of Sheriffs Department and FBI investigators. It also would have provided a fresher trail to follow, Nice said. Nice had no idea what sparked the damaging rumors, but speculated that media questions about gang ties fueled the gossip. Although the Lins' Palomares Hills development is largely Asian, Nice said it's not unfathomable that the rumors might have been fueled by prejudiced notions that many Asians have organized-crime connections.

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