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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Alleged FBI Agent Recycled Undercover Identity

Posted By on Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 11:32 AM

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The undercover FBI agent who allegedly contributed to Mayor Ed Lee’s 2011 bid for office may have been involved with another federal political corruption probe in Boston, Massachusetts in 2008, SF Weekly has learned.

Michael Anthony King of Buford, Georgia — aka UCE 4773, who illegally contributed $20,000 to Lee’s campaign, according to a civil lawsuit filed by Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow’s lawyers — matches the undercover identity of UC2, who has given $500 to Massachusetts State Sen. Dianne Wilkerson in an official capacity, plus tens of thousands of dollars in cash bribes, according to court documents and campaign records.

On the same date as a $500 donation that Michael King made to Wilkerson, a federal agent known as UC2 wrote a check for that amount at a fundraiser. The same $500 contribution was from a man — likely King — posing as an Atlanta-based real estate developer with real estate interests in Boston, according to court documents from the Massachusetts case.

UCE 4773 has been described in court documents as posing as a real estate developer from Atlanta with interests in the Bay Area. UCE 4733 met with elected officials in Oakland and San Francisco. The agent also introduced another undercover FBI agent, William Joseph, according to a San Francisco Chronicle report. Joseph met with supervisors London Breed and Malia Cohen on several occasions.

Getting back to King and the link to the Massachusetts corruption trial: The address King used to donate in the Boston case matches the one printed in corporate filings by two companies controlled by Michael King — M.A. King and Associates, and the King Funding Group.

M.A. King and Associates is listed as King’s employer in the San Francisco campaign contribution database, and shares the same address — a UPS store in Buford — as the King donation in the Massachusetts corruption trial. Also, the King Funding Group donated $500 from the Georgia UPS store to Sen. Leland Yee in 2011.

UCE 4773 has come under fire from Keith Jackson, a former school board president and political consultant to Sen. Yee and other San Francisco politicians, as of late. Court filings from Jackson's attorney, James Brosnahan, allege that UCE 4773 was booted from the investigation due to “financial misconduct.” Brosnahan has argued that it’s the government’s duty to produce all materials regarding the agent’s service record, including alleged investigation into the agent’s activity, as well as the FBI agent’s true identity.

Sen. Yee, Shrimp Boy, and Jackson have been indicted on 228 counts in the far-reaching federal investigation that alleges political corruption, gun running, extortion, money laundering, and assassination for cash among other crimes. Thus far the feds have captured 27 of the 29 defendants named in the investigation. One of those was Wilson Lim who has died since the feds made their case public in March.

Last week, Shrimp Boy’s lawyers launched a civil lawsuit alleging Mayor Ed Lee of conspiring to accept bribes in the form of campaign contributions from an undercover agent, who they say is Michael Anthony King, aka UCE 4773. Cory Briggs, Shrimp Boy’s lawyer, claims that the mayor failed to comply with a records request for campaign documents that Briggs filed several months ago.

In response, the government accused Jackson of attempting to “deflect responsibility” from his involvement in the alleged racketeering, corruption, and smuggling probe. And, court filings state that agent 4773 — allegedly King — was pulled from the investigation because he wasn’t able to achieve what the feds were aiming to find.

In the Boston case involving the undercover agent that matches UCE 4773‘s description, the government ultimately convicted Wilkerson of public corruption in 2010, and sentenced her to three-and-a-half years in federal prison. Wilkerson has since been released.

The feds haven’t called SF Weekly back about the connection between King in California and the donations in Massachusetts. Kevin Heneghan, Lee's campaign treasurer, declined to comment.


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