SAN FRANCISCO, CA. For Immediate Release. By Cody Salfen. California State Senator Leland Yee has been arrested. Yee is a current candidate for California Secretary of State. Authorities announced today that Yee has been indicted by a federal grand jury on various bribery and public corruption related charges. The FBI spent the morning at Yee’s office at the State Capitol in Sacramento – searching through Yee’s files, collecting computers, and gathering evidence. Law enforcement officials have confirmed that additional searches are underway at various residences in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento and the operation consists of other arrests and searches throughout California.
Although the details of today's arrest are still coming to light, this isn't the first time Senator Yee has raised brows with questionable conduct. Yee has a history of alleged misdeeds, but has been quick to dismiss the assertions as frivolous.
In 1992, while serving as a member of San Francisco's School Board, Yee was arrested for shoplifting in Kona, Hawaii - this stemming from an incident where Yee allegedly stole a bottle of sunscreen from a convenience store. Although Yee was arrested, the case was never prosecuted because Yee returned to California without notifying the Hawaiian authorities. Due to the fact the case involved a minor offense (petty theft), authorities did not issue a warrant and did not pursue any further action.
In 1999, Yee was contacted by San Francisco Police Department on two occasions - both contacts stemming from suspicions he was soliciting prostitutes in the "hooker-row" area of San Francisco's Mission District. Again, Yee dismissed these allegations - claiming both instances involved a case of mistaken identity and claiming he was "just on his way home."
While working as an administrator of a non-profit, Yee was accused of falsifying accounting records or "cooking the books." Yee again dismissed these claims as being without merit.
Although dubbed an advocate for environmental protections, Yee's past political campaigns have reportedly accepted enormous sums of money from amongst the largest polluters in California.
In 2011, the California State Senate voted 37-3 in an effort to prevent a private trash company from placing a garbage dump in a San Diego suburb. Yee was amongst the three State Senators that voted in favor of allowing the private company to setup a trash dump in the backyards of citizens of the San Diego suburb. Coincidentally, in years prior to the State Senate's vote on the issue, Yee reportedly received over $8,000 in political contributions from the company that was attempting to setup the garbage dump.
As a father of four and while a member of the San Francisco School Board, sources report Yee falsified his residency information in order for his children to attend a more desirable school. Despite this apparent pattern of questionable conduct, Leland Yee has somehow managed to remain in the spotlight as a top California politician - serving in California's State Senate and launching a campaign for the position of Secretary of State of California in the upcoming election. The latest federal indictment and arrest of Leland Yee may be hard for him to shake off, as he has done in the past, and will undoubtedly impact any realistic chance of Yee succeeding in his campaign for the position of California's Secretary of State.
In the latest of Yee's brushes with the law and questionable conduct, news sources have dubbed the FBI's Wednesday arrest of Leland Yee a "major operation" - encompassing various arrests and searches throughout California. This includes the arrest of infamous San Francisco Asian street gang leader, Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow on charges relating to racketeering and drug trafficking. Aside from being arrested during the same FBI operation on Wednesday, the connection between Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow and Senator Leland Yee is largely unknown. However, Yee grew up in Chinatown -- the home-base Chow's long standing criminal enterprises.
Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow has an extensive criminal history and has connections to violent street gangs operating in and around San Francisco. In 1978, Chow was convicted for a robbery that occurred in San Francisco's Chinatown - a conviction that led to Chow receiving a prison sentence of 11-years. in 1986, almost immediately after being released from prison after serving seven years and four months of the 11-year sentence, Chow was charged with over 25 criminal violations - including attempted murder, mayhem, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and assault with a deadly weapon. Chow returned to prison, served three years, and was released from prison in 1989. Just three years later, Chow was arrested on various offenses, which related to racketeering, illegal firearm sales, prostitution, drug sales, and money laundering. Although convicted on many of these charges in 1995, Chow cut a deal with authorities and became a government informant - thereby avoiding any significant time in prison. Many believe Chow is still an active leader of one of Chinatown's most well established violent criminal street gangs.
Little is known about the details of the latest FBI operation that led to Wednesday's arrest of Leland Yee. Amongst the locations being searched by local, state, and federal law enforcement agents is the San Francisco Chinatown office of the "Gee King Tong Free Masons."
Just after announcing his candidacy for California Secretary of State in February, Sen. Yee announced, "I am committed to empowering Californians so that they can guarantee fair elections, expose special interests and prevent corruption, because it's your California." Yet, the current indictment - which includes allegation of public corruption - would seem to cut at the very essence Yee's campaign platform.
By Cody Salfen. Cody Salfen is a California licensed private investigator and currently owns an operates Cody S Investigations (www.CodySInvestigations.com) – A California Private Investigation and Private Detective Agency. Visit the official Cody S Investigations website at www.CodySInvestigations.com or www.CodyPI.com. To speak with a member of the Cody S Investigations private investigation staff, call the Cody S Investigations San Francisco private detective staff at (415) 932.9278 or (408) 313.0109. Cody S Investigations provides a wide array of private investigation services in San Francisco, the surrounding areas, and investigative services throughout the State of California. This includes misconduct related investigations, civil rights related investigations, wrongful arrest/conviction investigations, criminal appeals investigations, and various other criminal law related investigative services.
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