The U.S. government is ratcheting up its case against Senator Leland Yee, whose bribery and corruption charges left San Francisco voters dumb-struck last Wednesday.
Yee was apprehended along with 28 other defendants including famed Chinatown gangster Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, political consultant Keith Jackson, and sports agent Marlon Sullivan.
The suspects had allegedly formed a vast crime web that took years for federal agents to unravel, and ultimately produced a 137-page criminal complaint. It describes a litany of charges that could send the defendants to jail for decades, including money laundering, conspiracy to sell drugs, and murder-for-hire; Yee was popped for public corruption and attempting to broker illegal firearms deals. Fellow senators voted to suspend him with pay two days later.
And now a federal grand jury returned the indictment to solidify those charges, giving the feds a more airtight case.
Yee has already posted a $500,000 unsecured bond with additional equity and property, switched defense lawyers, and endured mass scorn from his erstwhile constituency. He'll reappear in federal court Tuesday to enter a plea.
We've posted the indictment below. It appears to contain the same allegations entered in the criminal complaint.