Shrimp Boy and Uncle Leland
Nobody can accuse San Francisco of having boring political scandals. Luckily for me I’m in the gay senate district, not the Asian senate district, of SF.
Innocent until proven guilty, and I don’t think Sen. Yee was the original target of the FBI investigation, but holy hell:
State Sen. Leland Yee, an outspoken advocate of gun control and open government, was arrested Wednesday on charges that he conspired to traffic in firearms and traded favors in Sacramento for bribes – campaign cash paid by men who turned out to be undercover FBI agents.
Yee, a Democrat who represents half of San Francisco and most of San Mateo County and is running for secretary of state, was one of 26 people ensnared in a five-year federal investigation that targeted Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, a notorious Chinatown gangster who had claimed to have gone straight, officials said.
The charging docs read like something straight out of Hollywood. Shrimp Boy the Chinatown gangster, and Sen. Yee with an AKA of Uncle Leland. If you’re not willing to read the long ass thing, here’s the NYT summary:
Mr. Yee discussed helping the agent get weapons worth $500,000 to $2.5 million, including shoulder fired automatic weapons and missiles, and took him through the entire process of getting them from a Muslim separatist group in the Philippines to the United States, according to the affidavit. It said he was unhappy with his life and wanted to hide out in the Philippines. The affidavit said Mr. Yee, 65, sought to dig himself out of a $70,000 debt incurred during a failed 2001 San Francisco mayoral bid.
I await the dropping of more proverbial shoes of more politicos who got a little too caught up in trying to get money out of Chinatown.