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Ex-San Francisco Supervisor Ed Jew Begins County Jail Sentence For Corruption

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Former San Francisco Supervisor Ed Jew. (CBS)

Former San Francisco Supervisor Ed Jew. (CBS)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Former San Francisco Supervisor Ed Jew is back in jail Thursday afternoon after surrendering for a 60-day term behind bars for a perjury charge connected with a public corruption case.

Jew, who was elected as supervisor in the Sunset District in November 2006, pleaded guilty to a perjury charge in San Francisco Superior Court in 2008.

He was sentenced to a one-year term, but last week a San Francisco Superior Court judge reduced that sentence to 60 days in custody, with only 30 days to be served for good behavior.

The remaining time will be spent in home detention with an ankle monitor, performing 2,440 hours of community service.

The reduction in jail time was granted after Jew unsuccessfully asked the court to make his sentence concurrent with a federal sentence he recently served on corruption charges. The court denied that motion last month.

Jew surrendered at the San Francisco County jail at 425 Seventh St. around 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

Jew served about five years in federal prison on bribery, mail fraud and extortion charges, to which he pleaded guilty in 2008. Federal prosecutors said he tried to extort more than $80,000 from small city businesses seeking city permits.

He was released earlier this year.

Jew, who had a flower shop business in San Francisco’s Chinatown before he was elected supervisor, was also charged with perjury in superior court after investigators in the extortion case learned he had lied about living in San Francisco when he ran for supervisor. He had a primary residence in Burlingame.

Then-Mayor Gavin Newsom suspended Jew from the board in September 2007, and he resigned from office in January 2008.

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