Feds Say They Have Evidence Linking Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow to Murder
By Jeremy Lybarger : sfweekly – excerpt
Federal prosecutors in the racketeering case against Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow say they have evidence linking the Chinatown gangster to two murders, including the still unsolved killing of Allen Leung, who preceded Chow as “dragon head” of the Ghee Tung Kong.
“Mr. Chow did not take over the (tong) because of his business acumen,” Assistant U.S. Attorney William Frentzen told Judge Charles Breyer, according to the Chronicle.
In 2006, a masked gunman entered Leung’s import-export business on Jackson Street in Chinatown and demanded cash. As Leung’s wife looked on, the gunman shot and killed 56-year-old Leung and fled, never to be apprehended.
Six months later, Chow became leader of the Ghee Tung Kong.
Frentzen says he has evidence that Chow hired a hitman to take out Leung — as well as evidence that Chow tried to recruit a hitman to kill a member of the Hop Sing Tong street gang, who was, in fact, later killed (along with his wife) in Mendocino County. Those murders also remain unsolved.
Curtis Briggs, Chow’s attorney, urged the feds to pony up whatever evidence they have linking his client to murder. Briggs dismissed the allegations as “a farce.”
Chow hasn’t been charged with murder, and per the Chronicle, it’s unclear whether he will be.
Chow was indicted last year after an undercover federal probe into alleged corruption in Chinatown. This same probe led former state Sen. Leland Yee to plead guilty to accepting bribes in exchange for political favors and illegal gun-smuggling. Mayor Lee and other Bay Area bigwigs were also accused of taking bribes… (more)