SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, a Chinatown association leader accused of money laundering and plotting to sell stolen goods, returns to a San Francisco courtroom Thursday morning for charges detailed in a massive criminal complaint that includes suspended state Sen. Leland Yee.
Chow’s attorney Tonny Serra, who is known for outrageous press conferences, will likely try to convince the judge in Thursday’s status conference that Chow had nothing to do with a slew of charges, including murder-for-hire and corruption.
Chow is also 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.
Yee and Chow may be working on plea deals behind the scenes, according to legal analyst Peter Keane.
“The characters who are being caught in the net , they now are giving information, some of them are trying to buy their way out,” Keane said. “There’s probably going to be a quite a number of other people still to come.”
Chow remains in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. His lawyer may try to push for bail again as he has been unsuccessful in the past.