Grand Jury Returns an Indictment Against State Senator Yee, Raymond “Shrimpboy” Chow, and 27 Related Defendants

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014. Filed under: U.S. News
Senator Leland Yee during a recent meeting with members of the Filipino-American media in Eagle Rock, a district of Los Angeles, north of downtown. Considered as a friend by many in the community, Sen. Yee was arrested by FBI agents on Wednesday and court documents showed that he’s facing gunrunning charges where the weapons were allegedly coming from Muslim rebels in the Philippines.

Senator Leland Yee during a recent meeting with members of the Filipino-American media in Eagle Rock, a district of Los Angeles, north of downtown. Considered as a friend by many in the community, Sen. Yee was arrested by FBI agents on Wednesday and court documents showed that he’s facing gunrunning charges where the weapons were allegedly coming from Muslim rebels in the Philippines.

SAN FRANCISCO – A federal grand jury returned an indictment yesterday charging 29 defendants with firearms trafficking, money laundering, murder-for-hire, drug distribution, trafficking in contraband cigarettes, and honest services fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, FBI Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson, and Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge José M. Martinez. The indictment follows the March 26, 2014 arrests authorized by criminal complaint.

Sen. Yee was charged with honest services conspiracy, wire fraud and the most controversial, conspiracy to deal in firearms and import firearms as allegations pertained to his supposed links to Muslim rebels belonging to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front based in Mindanao, Philippines.

Filipino national Dr. Wilson Lim, a dentist was also charged with Yee on charges relating to conspiracy to traffic in firearms without a license, and to illegally import firearms, also a felony.

The Chinaton gang member, Kwok Cheung Chow, known by the nickname “Shrimp Boy” is charged with money laundering , conspiracy to traffic contraband and conspiracy to transport and receive stolen property in interstate commerce.

For allegedly committing honest services conspiracy and wire fraud, Sen. Yee faces a maximum of 20 years in prison time along with $250,000 in fines. The firearms trafficking charges carries a jail time of five years maximum plus another $250,000 in fines.

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