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Public officials named in new findings from FBI probe of ‘Shrimp Boy’ Chow

August 5, 2015

By Jonah Owen Lamb : sfexaminer – excerpt

Mayor Ed Lee and other public officials were named in new details from an FBI probe into state Sen. Leland Yee and Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow.

Evidence from the prosecution of Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow potentially implicates a wide array of city and state leaders, including Mayor Ed Lee, in alleged bribery schemes, pay-to-play plots, campaign fund laundering and state construction contract rigging.

According to a Tuesday filing by Chow’s attorneys in federal court, which includes never-before-released details and names from a yearlong investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Mayor Lee, some of The City’s leadership, an Alameda County prosecutor and a state official were all named in alleged wrongdoing caught on tape or witnessed by undercover FBI agents or their sources.

The allegations are outlined in the documents, but those named have not been charged in relation to the investigation, and several have denied the allegations.

Lee said he hadn’t read the documents in detail, and the parts he read were repetitious. “He’s trying to get off the trial, Mr. Raymond Chow. He’s doing anything he can. I have to take it with a grain of salt,” Lee said Tuesday.

He continued, “I ran a clean campaign … just last week the Ethics Commission closed out our campaign … if we did anything improperly, it would’ve shown up.”

In March 2014, law enforcement raids across the Bay Area detained more than 20 people, including former state Sen. Leland Yee, former school board member Keith Jackson and Chow.

The arrests stemmed from a federal indictment alleging, among other things, that Chow headed an organized gang outfit in Chinatown and that Yee and Jackson committed a series of crimes to further Yee’s political ambitions. Yee and Jackson have since pleaded guilty to racketeering and other charges… (more)

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