Capitol Alert: California Sen. Leland Yee indicted

04/04/2014 11:37 AM

05/09/2014 10:56 PM

Marking the next step in a sweeping FBI operation that has implicated suspended Sen. Leland Yee, a federal grand jury has indicted Yee and 28 others.

The indictment charges Yee with honest services conspiracy, wire fraud and conspiracy to deal in and import firearms.

Also indicted were Keith Jackson, a former San Francisco School Board member and Yee fundraiser who surfaces throughout an FBI affidavit (wire fraud, engaging in business of dealing in firearms narcotics conspiracy, murder for hire, conspiracy to deal in and import firearms) and Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, a former convict who had publicly touted having reformed and re-invented himself (money laundering conspiracy to traffic contraband cigarettes, conspiracy to transport and receive stolen property in interstate commerce).

In a press release accompanying the indictment, the office of U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag hints at the scope of the investigation that ensnared Yee and a cavalcade of alleged gangsters. The release references a five-year effort jointly undertaken by the FBI, the Internal Revenue and the police departments of San Francisco, Oakland and Antioch.

The indictment includes three people who were not among the 26 complainants in last week's affidavit.

Those are Barry Blackwell House, known as "Barry Black," who faces weapons counts, including being a felon in possession of a firearm; and Zhanghao Wu and Tong Zao Zhang, who face charges of trafficking in stolen cigarettes.

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