SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS/AP)— State Sen. Leland Yee, Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow and 27 others have been indicted by a federal grand jury in San Francisco on 50 different counts, U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag announced Friday.
The indictment adds three more people to the case and replaces the criminal complaint that was handed down to the defendants who were arrested last week.READ MORE: Firefighters Working to Save Giant Sequoias Forced to Flee Advancing Flames
The issuing of the indictment means that a judge will be assigned to hear the case and the defendants can be arraigned on the charges. The next court date is scheduled Tuesday, April 8th.
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Among the new defendants are Tong Zao Zhang and Zhanghao Wu (who also goes by Jason) indicted on selling stolen cigarettes.
Barry Blackwell House, commonly known as “Barry Black”, was charged in a separate complaint last week, but has now been folded into the Yee-related corruption indictment on firearms dealing and possession charges.
Yee, 65, is charged in the indictment with six counts of scheming to defraud citizens of his honest services by allegedly soliciting and taking campaign contributions in exchange for political favors for the purported donors, who were actually undercover FBI agents.