SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Alleged Chinatown gang leader Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow was denied bail in federal court in San Francisco Wednesday, for charges detailed in a massive criminal complaint that includes suspended state Sen. Leland Yee.
Chow is accused of money laundering and plotting to sell stolen goods as the “dragonhead” or leader of the Chee Kung Tong, an organization infiltrated by FBI agents posing as Mafioso that led them to discover a wide range of criminal activity by 29 defendants, including Yee and former San Francisco school board president Keith Jackson.
Chow has a lengthy criminal history dating back to the 1970s and was most recently released from federal prison in 2003 after testifying in a case against another organized crime leader, Peter Chong. Veteran defense attorney Tony Serra, who is representing Chow, said that his client reformed after his release from prison. Serra sought to demonstrate during a nearly two-hour detention hearing Wednesday that Chow had become a respected community leader in the last decade.