Yee and others indicted by federal grand jury, reinforcing criminal complaint

Leland Yee leaving last's week's arraignment on criminal charges.
Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez

A federal grand jury has indicted Sen. Leland Yee and 28 others on charges similar to those issued in the bombshell criminal complaint by the FBI last week, the Sacramento Bee is reporting. The indictment named three additional defendants who weren’t in the original complaint: Barry Blackwell House (aka Barry Black), Zhanghao Wu, and Ton Zao Zhang.

Yee, political consultant Keith Jackson, Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, and the rest of the gang face most of the same charges that they do in the complaint, with the Bee reporting that Yee faces a sentence of 125 years in prison and $1.75 million in fines.

US Attorney Melinda Haag issued a statement casting the indictment as strengthening the case against the defendants, but when the Guardian called with questions about why authorities chose to go with a criminal complaint followed by an indictment, an unusual move, a spokesperson told us, “Our office will not be making any comments on this case.”

For details on the case and a timeline of how it unfolded, read our story in this week’s Guardian.  


Didn't you say he would be a good choice to weed out alleged corruption in the city?

Posted by Guest on Apr. 04, 2014 @ 12:44 pm

"Corruption", in that instance, referred to anti-unionism.

Posted by Snoozers on Apr. 04, 2014 @ 1:39 pm

Great to have the Guardian telling us about important reporting from the Sacramento Bee.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 04, 2014 @ 8:54 pm

I wonder what the budgets are for both?

Perhaps its a different philosophy, the Guardian thinks an expose is not toeing 100% the progressive line. Or an investigative piece is how someone on the other side is a rigid in-flexible ideologue. It's all about investigating purity.

While the Weekly does general news investigation better and isn't such uni-mind drag.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 04, 2014 @ 9:32 pm

SFBG is more a socialist editorial with no fact checking

Posted by Guest on Apr. 05, 2014 @ 8:34 am

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