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Finally an update on Uncle Leland.
A new racketeering charge handed up by a federal grand jury against state Sen. Leland Yee says he was part of an organized crime operation in which he sold legislative votes and influence for piles of money, just as he was earlier accused of conspiring to traffic in guns.The indictment made public on Friday reveals for the first time a 2013 incident in which Yee, D-San Francisco, allegedly agreed to take $60,000 — which he believed was coming from a National Football League team owner — in exchange for his and another senator’s vote on a bill dealing with workers’ compensation insurance for pro athletes.“We gotta juice this thing,” Yee allegedly told an undercover FBI agent.That money never changed hands, but the wheeling and dealing is part of the new racketeering charge, along with money he allegedly did take for other votes and actions.The indictment replaces charges that prosecutors filed in March against Yee; Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, the alleged leader of a Chinatown mob; Yee campaign consultant Keith Jackson; and dozens of others.Federal prosecutors in that earlier complaint claimed Yee, sometimes nicknamed “Uncle Leland,” accepted checks and bags of cash from undercover operatives to pay off his campaign debts and help fund his bid to become secretary of state. Yee also allegedly tried to orchestrate an international arms deal with an undercover agent, promising to arrange shipments of high-powered weaponry from rebel groups in the Philippines for money.The new count against Yee comes under 1970′s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, which levies harsher penalties for acts as part of an ongoing criminal organization. It’s punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000, as are each of the earlier corruption and fraud charges.The count alleges a pattern in which Yee and Jackson solicited bribes in return for Yee’s work to help phony businesses set up by the FBI; to issue a proclamation praising Chow’s Chee Kung Tong organization; and to swing votes on issues such as medical marijuana, regulation of the mixed martial arts industry, and workers’ compensation insurance for professional athletes. They also conspired to take and conceal campaign contributions larger than legally permitted, the racketeering count alleges.
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