SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — 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.

In 2006, San Francisco Supervisor Fiona Ma awarded Chow a “Certificate of Honor” from the city, which Ma defended to the San Francisco Chronicle, saying Chow had “learned his lesson the hard way and wants to be a positive influence on the lives of young people.”

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In 2012, Senator Dianne Feinstein recognized Chow as a former offender who had become an asset to their community.

Also in 2012, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano honored Chow with a “change agent” award. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee recognized Chow’s “willingness to give back to the community.”

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Chow had also been speaking with children to warn them of the dangers of alcohol and drugs. He was apparently charging $200 per appearance for those speeches.

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