More ‘Shrimp Boy’ fallout: Eight men indicted for alleged bid-fixing scheme
By Jonah Owen Lamb : sfexaminer – excerpt
Eight men, including several heads of construction firms who have done business with The City, have been indicted for allegedly fixing federal and state bids, and in the case of four others, receiving bribes, according to the indictment filed Thursday in U.S. District Court.
The indictment and investigation come out of the FBI public corruption investigation that led to the conviction of Chinatown gangster Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, former state Sen. Leland Yee and former school board member Keith Jackson.
Jackson and former Human Rights Commission Nazly Mohajer, as well as former commission staff member Zula Jones, are all currently facing public corruption charges in state court for their part in allegedly laundering illegal campaign contributions in order to retire Mayor Ed Lee’s 2011 campaign debt…
Butler, head of Butler Enterprise Group, LLC in San Francisco, and Kalafati, president of B Side, Inc. in San Francisco, allegedly lied to the FBI and tried to fix a bid on a federal project at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories, according to the indictment…
Butler, told an FBI source that he “pays Supervisor Breed with untraceable debit cards for clothing and trips in exchange for advantages on contracts in San Francisco,” according to the filing.
Breed previously denied the claim…
AUDITS BY THE CITY
Three of the defendants — Butler, Burch and McKean — had contracts with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which plans to audit their bids, according to SFPUC spokesperson Charles Sheehan…
The City Attorney’s Office did not return calls for comment.
The Port Authority, Mayor’s Office Of Housing, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, Public Works and the Office of the City Administrator did not return calls for comments regarding their contracts with Butler and Burch.
All eight defendants are scheduled to make their first court appearance April 17… (more)