Federal Grand Jury Returns Indictment Against Leland Yee, “Shrimp Boy” & 27 Others

April 7, 2014 23:42 pm · 12 comments

State Sen. Leland Yee, Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow and 27 other defendants have been indicted by a federal grand jury in San Francisco on charges that include public corruption, gun and drug trafficking and a murder-for-hire plot.

The indictment, which replaces a 137-page criminal complaint filed by federal prosecutors last week against 26 people, adds three new defendants and a conspiracy charge against Yee. It was issued late Thursday and announced today by U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag after the defendants’ March 26 arrests in an FBI raid.

Most of the defendants are scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment before U.S. Magistrate Joseph Spero in San Francisco on Tuesday.

Yee, 65, is charged in the indictment with six counts of scheming to defraud citizens of his honest services by allegedly soliciting and taking campaign contributions in exchange for political favors for the purported donors, who were actually undercover FBI agents.

The alleged instances of bribery include accepting donations in exchange for lobbying two of his fellow state senators on behalf of two medical marijuana bills and issuing a state senate proclamation honoring Chow’s organization, the Chee Kung Tong.

The state senator and outspoken advocate for transparent government and gun control is also charged with a count of trafficking in firearms without a license in connection with an alleged plan to have an undercover agent posing as a Mafia member to buy $2 million in weapons from an arms dealer in the Philippines.

The indictment also adds an additional charge of conspiracy against Yee.

Chow, the self-proclaimed dragonhead of the Chee Kung Tong who was previously convicted of racketeering, is charged with money laundering, conspiring to receive stolen property, and trafficking in contraband cigarettes.

Also charged in the indictment is Keith Jackson, a political consultant and former San Francisco School Board president accused of funneling campaign contributions to Yee in exchange for political favors to donors; selling guns and ballistic vests to an undercover FBI agent who was posing as a Mafioso; and conspiring with his son, Brandon Jackson, 28, and another man to distribute drugs.

He is also charged allegedly conspired with Yee in a proposed $2 million international arms deal and aiding in the arrangement of a proposed murder-for-hire. Neither the gun deal nor the murder plot, which were allegedly discussed with the agent posing as a Mafia member, were ever carried out.

Yee was released on $500,000 bail the day of the arrests and Jackson was released from an Oakland jail on $250,000 bail on Thursday evening.

Yee withdrew his bid for secretary of state last week and has been suspended from the state senate, with many of his colleagues demanding his resignation.

Noflow April 8, 2014 at 4:22 AM

Why was Yee in bed with muslem terrorists?
Why would he seek to import automatic weapons and shoulder fired missiles?

james April 8, 2014 at 5:09 AM

The feds have had it out for “Shrimp Boy” ever since he did the Mobsters TV show. Although he is technically a snitch, I do think the feds are trying to get pooh to stick to a wall with his charges. Contraband cigarettes? Come on. All his charges seem week, compared to Yee’s

I bet he plea bargains and gets 10 years.

Anonymous April 8, 2014 at 8:20 AM

How many more corrupt politicians are out there working for criminals and special interests instead of the public interest? I think it may be as many as 100% of our elected public officials.

Dorothy April 8, 2014 at 9:14 AM

It’s been said we have the best politicians money can buy. It’s also been said that the taxpaying public doesn’t pay them enough. Why should the taxpayers foot the bill where there are so many others tossing money at them? I hope Lee does resign (not sure he will) and doesn’t wait until his term is up to stop getting taxpayer money.

Legislators say they are putting out a bill that says suspended politicians don’t get paid but it might not pass because I suspect there are some that might have reason to think they might be doing something to get suspended too.

Anonymous April 8, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Nah James. Hes going away for life plus 1,000,000 years. Give or take.

RANDOM TASK April 8, 2014 at 9:56 AM

wow the dem’s are scurrying like rats on a sinking ship…..the cat is out of the bag……… the dem’s will do anything for campaign money and to keep their seats

Cowellian April 8, 2014 at 12:27 PM

All this is irrelevant anymore, since some congresscritter kissed someone he wasn’t married to.

ChampagneKitty April 8, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Random Task, stop. A person could just as easily say the same thing about Republicans. This isn’t a Democrats vs. Republicans issue. Both sides are horrified by this scandal.

Grannie Mae April 8, 2014 at 1:56 PM

@ ChampagneKitty #8 –
Please tell us just exactly how you know who is horrified and who isn’t. You sound a bit silly, dear. 🙂

fatty April 8, 2014 at 4:23 PM

shrimp boy? more like fat boy…. all politicians are corrupt in some way.. even if it’s their looks. anybody see the pic of Gavin Newsome with fat boy? prefect pair. I bet he regrets that now

Cuzzzzzzz...... April 8, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Champagne Kitty – I for one am not “horrified’ by this. It is just another sad day in modern American politics. They are all dirty, corrupt, scumbags etc……And it will not change until we get a viable third party to brake the 2 party monopoly

Anoy April 11, 2014 at 7:27 AM

You would think shrimp boy would be smarter then this seeing how he’s been to perison 3 other times

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