City-Contracted Sales Agent Charged With Scamming Low-Income Housing Applicants

An affordable-housing sales agent working under contract for the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency has been charged with stealing from 19 Asian-American residents of San Francisco who were seeking below-market-rate homes.

Kan Yin Chow, 51, has been charged with 41 felony counts and was being held on $615,000 bail, District Attorney Kamala Harris said at a press conference this morning. Chow is alleged to have stolen roughly $35,000 from his victims.

“He took advantage of vulnerable individuals who were simply seeking to have access to better and more affordable housing,” Harris said. “If he was a public official, he probably would have been charged with bribery.”

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