Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow said he was a changed man after his last prison sentence for racketeering in Chinatown more than a decade ago. But jurors heard an undercover FBI agent, backed by tape recordings, describe paying Chow for illegal transactions with his underlings. And they heard former cohorts saying Chow had ordered two murders.
On Friday, after 2½ days of deliberations, the federal court jury in San Francisco found Chow guilty on all charges: conspiracy to operate a century-old community organization as a racketeering enterprise, murdering its previous leader, conspiring to try to murder another rival, five counts of dealing in stolen liquor and cigarettes, and 154 counts of money-laundering.
It was vindication for a five-year undercover federal operation that had already netted another big fish, former state Sen.Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, one of 28 defendants indicted along with Chow in 2014.
Agents posing as shady campaign contributors contacted Yee through Keith Jackson, a former San Francisco school boardpresident who had ties to Chow’s organization. In July, Yee and Jackson pleaded guilty to racketeering and admitted that the legislator, with Jackson’s help, had accepted bribes in exchange for promises of political favors and illegally importing firearms. Their sentencing is scheduled Feb. 10.