Corruption Investigation Rocks San Francisco City Hall

Corruption charges tainted the San Francisco political ranks this week, with implications of corruption and bribery in the land use and construction process, among other charges, reaching the Mayor's Office and many others.
August 8, 2015, 1pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"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 an article by Jonah Owen Lamb.

"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."

California State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) had formerly been the only politician wrapped up in corruption charges connected to Chow. A March article in the Los Angeles Times details the charges against Yee and Chow, from the evidence available at that time.

The article by Lamb includes a lot more details about the FBI's investigations, the implications for San Francisco political figures like Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor London Breed, though it is important to note that no charge have been filed.

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Published on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 in San Francisco Examiner
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