SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — After serving five years in federal prison for bribery and extortion, KPIX 5 has learned that former San Francisco Supervisor Ed Jew has been released and is living in a halfway house in the city’s Tenderloin district.
Six months after Jew took office in 2007, the FBI raided Jew’s offices at City Hall, his flower shop in Chinatown, and his homes in San Francisco and Burlingame.
Federal prosecutors said they had videotape of Jew accepting $40,000 in $100 bills in a scheme to shake down the Chinese immigrant owners of tapioca drink shops in the city’s Sunset District.
After being suspended from office, Jew pled guilty to bribery and extortion charges.
Jew was also accused of lying about living in San Francisco when he ran for supervisor – a requirement if he wanted to hold that office. He and his family were found living in Burlingame.
The former supervisor told KPIX 5 by telephone on Monday that under the rules of his re-entry program in the halfway house, he is not allowed to do any interviews with the media until his sentence is completed early next year. Jew is still considered an inmate in the federal prison system, even though he is in a halfway house.
Jew will remain at the halfway house for several more weeks before he finishes out his sentence in home detention.
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