One of 10 felony counts in a grand jury indictment announced Friday claims that Sheriff’s Capt. James Jensen falsified information on a firearms proficiency form for a concealed carry weapon (CCW) permit for county Supervisor Mike Wasserman.
Wasserman, who is serving his third elected term as county supervisor, said Friday that he had not seen the indictment, and he was not aware of the accusations against Jensen.
The elected official declined to comment before learning more about the case, but he confirmed that he holds an active concealed weapons permit from the Sheriff’s Office.
The indictment, released by District Attorney Jeff Rosen, accuses Jensen of seven felony counts of falsification of public records by a custodial officer.
The seventh count in the charging document says Jensen, on or about April 6, 2019, “did willfully falsify the whole and any part” of Wasserman’s CCW firearms proficiency form.
The other six counts claim Jensen falsified similar paperwork for five other CCW permit applicants, whose names are also listed in the indictment.
The indictment does not claim that Wasserman was aware of the alleged false information and does not accuse the supervisor of a crime.
Wasserman, who represents South County on the Board of Supervisors, is listed as one of 19 witnesses “examined” by the grand jury that issued the indictment.
In a Friday presser in San Jose, Rosen said that more charges could be filed in relation to the ongoing probe into the way Sheriff Laurie Smith issues concealed weapons permits.
In the indictment, Jensen along with lawyers Chris Schumb and Harpaul Nahal, and gun parts manufacturer Michael Nichols are accused of felony charges related to a conspiracy to illegally obtain CCW permits for employees of a Silicon Valley security company.
The defendants will be charged on Aug. 31 with felony counts of bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery. Jensen is also accused of seven counts of falsifying public records.
The DA said the investigation was triggered by an inquiry from Metro Silicon Valley—the parent publication of San Jose Inside—into a conspicuously generous campaign contribution to a committee that supported Smith’s re-election in 2018.