Yee accused of racketeering in expanded indictment


By Julia Cheever | Bay City News Service

Suspended state Sen. Leland Yee, Chinatown association leader Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow and 27 others were charged in federal court in San Francisco on Friday in a revised grand jury indictment that includes new counts of racketeering.

Yee and Chow were both accused of racketeering, or running a continuing criminal enterprise, but in two separate counts of the indictment.

Yee, a Democrat who represented parts of San Francisco and San Mateo County (including Portola Valley and Woodside), is charged together with former San Francisco school board president Keith Jackson with racketeering by soliciting bribes and campaign contributions in exchange for political favors by Yee.

Chow is accused together with Jackson and 15 other defendants of racketeering by allegedly running drug sales, money laundering, gun sales and schemes to buy stolen property through an alleged criminal faction of the Chee Kung Tong, a fraternal association.

Chow is the dragonhead or leader of the Chee Kung Tong, based in Chinatown in San Francisco.

The racketeering counts carry a possible maximum penalty of 20 years in prison upon conviction.

The 88-page revised indictment, known as a superseding indictment, contains a total of 228 counts against various of the defendants. It repeats a number of charges in an earlier indictment, including a charge that Yee, Jackson and Daly City dentist Wilson Lim conspired in a never-completed international arms deal.

A status conference is scheduled for Aug. 7 in San Francisco before U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer, the trial judge assigned to the case.


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Posted by Wise One
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Jul 28, 2014 at 6:29 pm

This outrageous criminal activity continued for way too long before it was stopped. That is what tends to happen when one political party becomes so dominant that they are driven to arrogance and self-serving crime. we need to get back to the two-party system that formerly prevailed on the peninsula. The disgraceful bunch now occupying Washington is example B. We need a SERIOUS house-cleaning on election day both here and there!

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Posted by Ted
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jul 28, 2014 at 9:45 pm

Lee's defense will be that he has never even played tennis or held a racket.

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Posted by Ted
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jul 28, 2014 at 9:55 pm

Opps, I mean Yee. That will be his next defense: we are confusing him with someone else.

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Posted by not a DEM issue
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 29, 2014 at 1:05 am

Leland became a Senator because Lou Papan entered the race to take votes away from Mike Nevin. All there were Dems, but Leland in the only one of the three still alive.

Leland was able to win the Primary without the support of the Democratic party. His only key endorsements were from the teachers union and the Sierra Club. Leland was also able to get conservative and liberal aisans to vote for him.

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Posted by Get Real
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jul 29, 2014 at 8:49 am

This most certainly a Democratic issue. The Teachers Union and the Sierra Club are over 90 % Democratic organizations. Additionally they have a significantly more money than the California Democratic Party.

Whenever you a one political party dominate then the voters lose out. If the politicians know they can take the voters for granted then they become lackeys for the special interests groups.

Until the voters become more aware and stop believing that nonsense put out by the Democratic Party, California will continue its decline. In 1960 California was #1 in public school education. Now it is 47th. Competition always makes for better public officials. We don't have any competition in California and the state is eroding. Jerry Brown wants a train to nowhere while we do not have enough reservoirs and not enough electricity.

The California Democratic Party is now the caretaker for a crumbling infrastructure and is allowing Rick Perry to easily convince companies to relocate to Texas where it won't suck the businesses dry like the Democrats are doing in California.

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Posted by IMPEACH
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jul 29, 2014 at 10:04 am

"The disgraceful bunch now occupying Washington is example B."


The least productive congress in history.

Taking the NEXT FIVE WEEKS OFF. And then only "working" 12 days for the next THREE MONTHS!

12 days out of the next 90+ days

Eric Cantor's majority leader calendar Web Link

Impeach them all until we find some willing to work for a living.

And impeach O'Bummer too, gotta be his fault somehow. Must be lazy or something. Or a socialist. I gotta look that word up someday, but I'm so busy.

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