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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow Finally Gets His Wish

Posted By on Tue, Jul 7, 2015 at 2:54 PM

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The ongoing saga of Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, the colorful ex-con and Chinatown fixture, is nearing its end. 

Chow, who’s long pleaded for a quick trial — he’s innocent, he and his lawyers have insisted for more than a year — finally got his wish today: His trial will begin November 2 of this year.

At a hearing this morning, a federal judge agreed with the prosecutor’s selection of seven more of the 24 remaining defendants caught up in the banner case against the (now guilty) Leland Yee and three others tied to him. The seven defendants to be tried with Chow are Andy Li, George Nieh, Alan Chiu, Kevin Siu, Leslie Yun, James Pau, and Kongphet Chanthavong.

“I mean no disrespect to any of the other members of the group,” federal prosecutor William Frentzen said to chuckles in the courtroom moments before announcing who he'd prefer to try next, "but the government wants to pick defendants who we think worked closely together.”

Aside from another co-defendant, Rinn Roeun, the eight are the last remaining in custody. It’s likely that some of the defendants set to be tried in November will cut deals with the government. 

The November date caught both the government and the defense teams off guard. Sparring with Judge Breyer for more than an hour, the defense teams unsuccessfully tried to press concessions about outstanding issues with evidence, which is gagged and unavailable for public examination. 

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Remember Leland Yee? He Might Be Pleading Guilty Today.

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Goodbye to all this? - MATT SMITH
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  • Goodbye to all this?
Update: Leland Yee pleaded guilty to felony racketering charges. He will return to court for sentencing on October 21 where he could face a maximum 20 years in prison, $250,000 in fines, and three years of probation.

The strange and sordid saga of Leland Yee might be coming to a conclusion today, as the disgraced former state senator is scheduled to appear at a change-of-plea hearing in federal court.

Yee, you may recall, was arrested last March by federal authorities on corruption and firearms trafficking charges. He was one of more than two dozen people arrested in a wide-ranging sting operation, a haul that includes allegedly reformed Chinatown mobster Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow as well as Yee's former political consultant, Keith Jackson.

Their trial was supposed to begin Aug. 10. Instead, co-defendants Yee, Jackson, Jackson's son Brandon, and fellow alleged conspirator Marlon Sullivan are all on calendar to appear before Judge Charles Breyer today at 11 a.m.

No paperwork has been filed and neither defense attorneys nor prosecutors are talking, but the educated guess is that Yee has cut a deal with prosecutors and will be pleading guilty.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

New Court Filings in Leland Yee Case Reveal Undercover FBI Agent's Checks to Mayor Lee

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 10:27 AM

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Court documents recently made public reveal that federal investigators given a sweeping mandate by the FBI to uncover organized crime and political corruption handed out $1,088,736 in cash and checks over the course of about five years. Some of that money went to political heavyweights, including Mayor Ed Lee.

The slush fund, which stemmed from the probe into state senator Leland Yee and his confidants Keith and Brandon Jackson, was used to bribe San Francisco officials, buy guns, ammo, wine, and host parties.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

No, That's Not the Art of Leland Yee Gracing the San Francisco Library

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 3:30 PM

As NOT seen at the library - JIM HERD
  • Jim Herd
  • As NOT seen at the library
When San Francisco's state Sen. Leland Yee was popped for his alleged role in orchestrating a gun-running ring to Filipino jihadis, all constraints were done away with. 

Was the jihadi group called the "MILF"? Yes. Yes it was. Did the vast federal web also sweep up a gangster named Shrimp Boy and the manager of a champion boxer who apparently aspired  to moonlight as an assassin? Indeed. Was the former president of San Francisco's school board also tied to a murder-for-hire plot? Verily.  

There really isn't much crazy enough with regards to this ongoing case to dismiss out of hand. So if someone were to tell you that the art of Leland Yee is now gracing the San Francisco Public Library's main branch you'd have to believe them, right? 

Maybe not. Because the artist whose work is adorning the Main isn't Leland Yee. It's Leland Lee

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Suge Knight, Too $hort, Katt Williams Make a Cameo in Sen. Yee Corruption Trial

Posted By on Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 8:37 AM

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Perhaps the last trio you'd expect to see mentioned in the State Sen. Leland Yee corruption trial is comedian Katt Williams, rapper Too $hort, and hip-hop mogul Suge Knight.

Strangely enough, recent court documents reveal some interesting details and even more curious connections between some of the defendants in the Yee case and the three famous guys mentioned above.

For starters, Keith Jackson — the former school board member who who got tangled up in the corruption case when he allegedly helped Yee obtain campaign donations in excess of the legal limits — was heard on wire taps bragging to an undercover federal agent in the Yee case about how much of a badass Barry Blackwell House aka "Barry Black" was (House is also a minor defendant in the Yee case). Mid-boasting, he explained how House stole comedian Katt Williams' Bentley on behalf of Too $hort, because Williams' refused to pay the rapper for a 2012 performance, according to the federal court filing. 

In other words, if  they were looking for a hardened criminal to do the dirty work in the Yee case — House was the guy.  

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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

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.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Shrimp Boy Sues Mayor Ed Lee Over Bribery Charges

Posted By on Fri, Sep 19, 2014 at 3:00 PM

The neighborhood gangster: Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow. - FACEBOOKR/RAYMONDSHRIMPBOYCHOW
Federally indicted Chinatown gangster Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow has sued San Francisco and its mayor, demanding records that he says will implicate Ed Lee in the same bribery scandal that entrapped Senator Leland Yee.

Chow claims that Lee took $20,000 from Michael Anthony King, who the lawsuit claims is actually UCE 4773 in the criminal indictment against Senator Yee — the guy who posed as a Georgia businessman and offered Yee's henchman Keith Jackson $20,000 to alleviate debts from Yee's unsuccessful 2011 mayoral campaign.

According to Chow, Mayor Lee took $500 from King and laundered it as a campaign contribution, then accepted a follow-up payment of $19,500 in exchange for political favors.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Leland Yee Hit With Racketeering Charges

Posted By on Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Sen. Leland Yee, getting lots of attention -- of a better sort. - JIM HERD
  • Jim Herd
  • Sen. Leland Yee, getting lots of attention -- of a better sort.
How do things get worse for disgraced state Sen. Leland Yee, who was already accused of corruption, money-laundering, and attempting to pull together a bizarre, international arms deal sending shoulder-fired rockets to Filipino jihadis?

Here's how: Yee is now an alleged racketeer. 

A grand jury today indicted the Sunset District politico — along with his erstwhile bagman, Keith Jackson, and Chinatown gangster Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow — on a host of new charges. Tacked onto the eight felonies Yee was already facing are one count of “conspiracy to conduct the affairs of an enterprise through a pattern of racketeering activity,” and two counts of conspiracy “to obtain property under the color of official right."

That could tack 20 more years onto the already serious time Yee is facing. 

Yee et al. were the targets of an elaborate, five-year federal probe involving millions of dollars of federal money being laundered by oblivious accused criminals and the state senator, via wiretaps and recorded conversations, purportedly influence-peddling, shaking down donors, and setting up arms deals with agents posing as mafiosis. 

Intriguingly, today's indictment includes an accusation that Yee offered to help an unidentified National Football League team owner to push through legislation making it more difficult for out-of-state athletes to collect workers' comp in California. 

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Friday, April 25, 2014

"Free Shrimp Boy" T-Shirts Selling Slowly

Posted By on Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 12:04 PM


Civil Rights attorney J. Tony Serra arrived to City Lights bookstore last night with an eye-catching piece of attire draped over his droopy beige slacks.

It was only the latest sartorial addition to a feverish legal defense crusade, now being propelled through merchandise. A few weeks ago we wrote about the "Free Yee" T-shirts that popped up on Valencia Street, notable not only for the smiling mug of the suspended Senator, but for the guns, dollar bills, and marijuana leaves brocaded around him.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Here's the Front Company The FBI Used to Bust Sen. Leland Yee

Posted By on Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 3:00 PM

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If you've done business with a company called Madison International Enterprises anytime recently, it might be time to hire a lawyer.

You've been dealing with an undercover FBI agent.

That's the name of the phony shell company undercover federal agents claiming to be, ahem, "legitimate businessmen" used to ensnare state Sen. Leland Yee on public corruption charges, according to records.

On two occasions, the undercover FBI agent pretending to be an East Coast-based Italian mobster agreed to cut Yee a check, once for $5,000 and one for $1,800, according to the FBI affidavit made public last week.

That matches up exactly with the contributions to Yee's Secretary of State campaign made by "Madison International Enterprises," a company whose headquarters are in a UPS store in Manhattan, according to records. Yee has since abandoned his campaign.

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