San Francisco’s Chinatown was rebuilt as a tourist attraction after the 1906 earthquake leveled the area. But now, this world famous tourist destination is looking a bit worn out and needs a facelift.
Two key defendants in the wide-ranging conspiracy case involving politics, cash and guns entered pleas in federal court Tuesday. Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow pleaded not guilty to all charges including money laundering.
The FBI wants San Francisco city leaders to talk with the agency as part of an ongoing investigation targeting political corruption and an alleged organized crime syndicate in Chinatown.
The federal public defender’s office says it cannot represent a key defendant in a criminal case that also includes corruption allegations against a California state senator because of potential conflicts of interest.
Author Bill Lee, who wrote an expose on San Francisco’s Chinatown, “Chinese Playground: A Memoir,” said politics has often been tied to criminal activity in the past.
Between Raymond ‘Shrimp Boy’ Chow’s 2003 release from prison, and his arrest on federal charges Wednesday, Chow had billed himself as a reformed gangster who advocates on behalf of children, and received numerous awards and recognition from Bay Area lawmakers.
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A series of FBI raids in the Bay Area and Sacramento targeting corruption and gang activity netted the arrest of one San Francisco’s most infamous criminals who in recent years worked to distance himself from his notorious past. Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow is a former member of a Chinatown street gang and later a member of a Hong Kong-based triad.
The series of raids across the Bay Area on Wednesday which included the arrest of State Sen. Leland Yee may be related to organized crime in the Chinese-American community in San Francisco.
Police are trying to identify a man who robbed a bank in San Francisco’s Chinatown neighborhood on Tuesday morning.